Mobile Manipulation with Logistics

Mobile manipulators have been proven helpful for individual manipulation tasks but slow for larger-scale logistical tasks. This project investigates how several robots (mobile manipulators and mobile robots) can cooperate to complete a task efficiently (this could be considered a travelling salesman problem with moving depots).

  • Agriculture: The mobile manipulator picks the produce while the mobile robots transfer to produce between collection points.
  • Clean up: Clean up Australia day in 2019, collecting rubbish from natural environments. Mobile manipulators collect rubbish and transfer it to mobile robots, which then transfer it to collection points.
  • Warehouse: The mobile manipulator picks and places objects from/to warehouse shelves while mobile robots provide object delivery.

Chief Investigators