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FourByThree is a European project aimed to design, build and test pioneering robotic solutions able to collaborate safely and efficiently with human operators in industrial manufacturing companies.

FourByThree is a joint effort of 15 European partners including research centres, industrial and technological companies, and a university. They are located in Spain, Germany, Italy, Finland, Holland and the United Kingdom. The project coordinator is Spain-based research alliance IK4-TEKNIKER.

The project started on December 1st, 2014, and will last for 36 months. It has a total budget of 6.9 million euros and is partly funded by the EU within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 (grant agreement nº 637095).

European_UnionFourByThree was active for three years (December 2014-2017). The project’s work plan was divided into 10 Work Packages (WPs), including research, design and pilot implementations, management, dissemination and exploitation.

WP1: User centered human robot collaboration architecture
T1.1: User centered strategies for safe human robot collaboration
T1.2: Task and skill analysis and representation
T1.3: System architecture
T1.4: Safety Certification: initial analysis
T1.5: Experiment design and validation procedures
WP2: Design tools for safe and collaborative customizable robotic solutions
T2.1: Robot design
T2.2: Part and production process design for collaborative assembly
T2.3: Identification tools
T2.4: Simulation tools
WP3: Modular robot control for Safe and collaborative manufacturing
T3.1: Robot low level control
T3.2: Motion planning and control
T3.3: High level control functions
WP4: Safe and collaborative interaction framework
T4.1: Robot, Human and Environment monitoring for safe collaboration
T4.2: Gesture and voice based interaction
T4.3: Force based interaction: Manual guidance
T4.4: Task planning, monitoring and re-planning
T4.5: Graphical UI
WP5: Programming modular collaborative robots
T5.1: Programming framework
T5.2: Advanced learning by demonstration
WP6: Integration of components: Prototype development
T6.1: Scenario analysis and specifications in detail
T6.2: Risk analysis
T6.3: Components manufacturing and purchasing
T6.4: Integration of components
T6.5: System deployment
WP7: Experiments and validation
T7.1: Continuous Experimentation Lab
T7.2: Experiment execution: Pilot study 1
T7.3: Experiment execution: Pilot study 2
T7.4: Experiment execution: Pilot study 3
T7.5: Benchmarking activity and coordination with on-going initiatives
WP8: Dissemination and communication
T8.1: Communication strategy definition in detail
T8.2: General public dissemination
T8.3: Industry oriented dissemination
T8.4: Scientific dissemination
WP9: Exploitation plan development
T9.1: Technology and Market Watch
T9.2: Exploitation plan development
T9.3: Analysis and application of the strategy through follow up funding
WP10: Administrative and Technical Management
T10.1: Administration and methodologies for integrating project activities
T10.2: Management and coordination