Common Data Fusion Framework for Space Robotics

Common Data Fusion Framework for Space Robotics

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InFuse aims to develop a comprehensive data fusion toolset for robot sensors (aka Common Data Fusion Framework, or CDFF) that will serve in the context of many space robotics applications, on planetary surface as well as in orbit or other space environments. The InFuse CDFF will be developed relying on the expertise of partners having substantial experience with a wide range of sensors data handling and processing techniques (perception and navigation related) and a wide range of robotic applications – both in space and terrestrial conditions.

InFuse is a European project developed in the context of the Horizon 2020 PERASPERA (Plan European Roadmap and Activities for Space Exploitation of Robotics and Autonomy) call on Space Robotics Challenges (SRC). Inside the SRC the projects are referred as Operational Grants (OG) and each one focusses to a particular open challenge in the Space Robotics development.

InFuse makes provision for a convenient and effective articulation with the other Horizon 2020 Space Robotics Challenge (SRC) common building blocks – in particular: OG1 (RCOS), OG2 (Autonomy Framework) and OG4 (Inspection Sensor Suite). The solution proposed in InFuse to wrap and handle data fusion techniques and their produced data will make their adoption easy and effective by a wide range of users, both among the SRC stakeholders and in the wider space robotics community. In particular, InFuse will not only provide access to an extensive set of robust data fusion capabilities, relevant both for On-Orbit and planetary scenarios, but will also include a data fusion orchestration and products management tool allowing to control the data fusion processes and to retrieve conveniently (on-demand) products such as maps, models of the environment or objects, science relevant data, etc.

The potential impact of InFuse is huge, as such a tool will be relevant and useful in a wide range of robotic applications and user communities – not only in the Space Robotics SRC activities and more widely in the space robotics area, but also in many non-space domains (e.g. marine, aerial, terrestrial robotic applications). No such comprehensive data tool exists so far: InFuse will be a European asset that many industrial, research and academic roboticists in Europe (and farther) may benefit from.



Space Applications Services NV., Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Magellium, Strathclyde University, Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes


Europäische Union

Europäische Union
Europäische Kommission

Europäische Kommission

Publications about the project

Raúl Domínguez, Sascha Arnold, Christoph Hertzberg, Arne Böckmann

In: Automation and Robotics Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Informatics in Control (editor). ICINCO 2018. International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO-2018) 15th July 29-31 Porto Portugal Pages 144-155 2 ISBN 978-989-758-321-6 SCITEPRESS 7/2018.

To the publication
Raúl Domínguez, Romain Michalec, Nassir W. Oumer, Fabrice Souvannavong, Mark Post, Shashank Govindaraj, Alexander Fabisch, Bilal Wehbe, Jérémi Gancet, Alessandro Bianco, Simon Lacroix, Andrea De Maio, Quentin Labourey, Vincent Bissonnette, Michal Smí¨ek, Xiu Yan

In: Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (iSAIRAS-2018) 14th June 4-6 Madrid Spain ESA 6/2018.

To the publication

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz