Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM): Past, present and future

Mads Hvilshøj, Simon Bøgh, Oluf Skov Nielsen, Ole Madsen

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications.

Design/methodology/approach - Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper investigates the missing links and gaps between the research and developments efforts and the real-world application requirements, in order to bring the AIMM technology from laboratories to manufacturing environments. The investigation is based on 12 general application requirements for robotics; sustainability, configuration, adaptation, autonomy, positioning, manipulation and grasping, robot-robot interaction, human-robot interaction, process quality, dependability, and physical properties.

Findings - The concise yet comprehensive review provides both researchers (academia) and practitioners (industry) with a quick and gentle overview of AIMM. Furthermore, the paper identifies key open issues and promising research directions to realize real-world integration and maturation of the AIMM technology.

Originality/value - This paper reviews the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM).

Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial Robot: the international journal of robotics research and application
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)120-135
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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