smARTLab@work is the team from University of Liverpool, that competes in the @work competition in RoboCup. The team previously competed as swarmlab@Work and changed name after the move of professor Tuyls and his research group from Maastricht University to the University of Liverpool, UK.
The team’s mission is (a) to apply smARTLab research achievements in the area of industrial robotics and (b) identify new research challenges that connect to the core smARTLab research areas: autonomous systems, reinforcement learning and multi-robot coordination.
It aims to foster research and development that enables use of innovative mobile robots equipped with advanced manipulators for current and future industrial applications, where robots cooperate with human workers for complex tasks ranging from manufacturing, automation, and parts handling up to general logistics.
The youBot is based on an omni-directional platform with for swedish wheels, a 5 DoF manipulator and a two finger gripper. The platform is manufactured by KUKA and is commercially available at the youBot-store. It has been designed to work in industrial like environments and to perform various tasks as e.g. fetch & carry or assembly tasks.