Team ARGONAUTS, winner of the ARGOS Challenge
Country of Origin: Austria & Germany
Consortium: Taurob GmbH, UT de Vienne, UT de Darmstadt
5 questions to Matthias Biegl from the ARGONAUTS team
Tell us about your team?
The consortium brings together a team of three highly qualified and experienced partners: Taurob GmbH, TU Wien & TU Darmstadt, which combine all necessary skills and capabilities required for the challenge. Every team member is fully dedicated to the success of the project. Right from the startit became very clear that the challenge requires very distinct fields of expertise that can hardly be met by a single company or research group. As coordinator Taurob started to look for the best partners available. We are happy to have partnered up with our first choices.
Why did you participate in the ARGOS Challenge?
ARGONAUTS is dedicated to contributing to the wide distribution of robotics in modern civil society. Robots should relieve people from dull, dirty and dangerous tasks.This is exactly what the challenge tries to achieve for operators in often isolated production sites of the Oil & Gas industry in harsh and hostile conditions. Therefore, ARGONAUTS wanted to be part of it.
What can you say about your project?
The cooperation of the three partners allows for a very sophisticated new robotic system that will satisfy the complex needs of the modern oil and gas industry: an ATEX-certified and weather- enduring platform with a high level of autonomy and advanced robot vision capabilities.
Are you familiar with the Oil & Gas industry?
The domain of the Oil & Gas industry has great potential for robotic solutions. Taurob had some experience with fire departments of Oil & Gas companies. However, the designated missions are new to all ARGONAUTS’ team members. Total is well known as being one of the biggest players in the Oil & Gas industry. And it is therefore significant that they are taking the lead in supporting the promotion of intelligent mobile robots in new domains.
A word about robotics?
The use of intelligent mobile ground robots in civil applications or private companies is still not much developed. Their acceptance will be largely driven by their performance and benefits in assisting people in difficult situations in relation to their cost.
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