A Vertical and Cyber–Physical Integration of Cognitive Robots in Manufacturing

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Cognitive robots, able to adapt their actions based on sensory information and the management of uncertainty, have begun to find their way into manufacturing settings. However, the full potential of these robots has not been fully exploited, largely due to the lack of vertical integration with existing IT infrastructures, such as the manufacturing execution system (MES), as part of a large-scale cyber-physical entity. This paper reports on considerations and findings from the research project STAMINA that is developing such a cognitive cyber-physical system and applying it to a concrete and well-known use case from the automotive industry. Our approach allows manufacturing tasks to be performed without human intervention, even if the available description of the environment-the world model-suffers from large uncertainties. Thus, the robot becomes an integral part of the MES, resulting in a highly flexible overall system.


  • Volker Krüger
  • Arnaud Chazoule
  • Matthew Crosby
  • Antoine Lasnier
  • Mikkel Rath Pedersen
  • Francesco Rovida
  • Lazaros Nalpantidis
  • Ronald Petrick
  • Cesar Toscano
  • Germano Veiga
External organisations
  • Aalborg University
  • PSA Peugeot Citroën
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Robotics


  • Autonomous systems, cognitive robotics, manufacturing execution system (MES), planning, robot skills, world model
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1127
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes