smARTLab@work is the University of Liverpool’s RoboCup@work team.
The team previously competed as swarmlab@Work, back then being affiliated with the University of Maastricht.
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.
RoboCup@Work is a RoboCup league, targeting the use of robots in work-related scenarios.
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.