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NEXTGENROB - Next Generation Robotics for Norwegian Industry

NEXTGENROB is a 5-year research program aiming to develop new competence and knowledge in next-generation robotics for Norwegian industry. The project is led by SINTEF ICT and is funded with support from the Research Council of Norway and from the industrial partners Statoil, Hydro, Tronrud Engineering, Glen Dimplex Nordic, SB Seating and RobotNorge.

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Souce: SINTEF / Thor Nielsen

4 PhD candidates will work with current issues initiated by the industry partners and will graduate from NTNU (Department of Engineering Cybernetics and Department of Production and Quality Engineering). NTNU and SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing also provide laboratories and infrastructure so that new methods and results can be demonstrated by means of industrial robot systems.


Examples of relevant problems in industry are:

  • Automatic picking and delivery of parts (bin-picking)
  • Handling of flexible structures and moving parts
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Use of robotics in harsh environment


The project also aims to develop new methods for realizing efficient and reconfigurable production systems, e.g picking new parts from production line/conveyors. These methods include vision systems, robot learning and robotic control. In addition, the project will establish a methodology or guidelines how to develop new robotic systems with varying degrees of automation. By increasing the competence and knowledge for both academia and industry, the project will form the basis for development of new innovative products and services.



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Project duration

01/01/2009 - 31/12/2014


Applied Cybernetics

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