RECONCYCLE: Self-Reconfiguration of A Robotic Work cell For the Recycling of Electronic Waste

Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Ph.D. Hamid Sadeghian
Ph.D. Fan Wu

M.Sc. Kübra Karacan

M.Sc. Erfan Shahriari

Duration: 4 Years
Funded by: EU, H2020


Currently industrial robots perform rigidly programmed tasks in highly-constrained settings. Any change in product or process requires costly restructuring of hardware and software. ReconCycle will address these issues by introducing the concept of robotic self-reconfiguration in the largely unconstrained domain of electronic waste recycling, which is still dominated by manual labor. Automation in this sector can benefit from the fact that very large batches of the same device type are to be processed but with some model differences and showing different states of damage. To be able to deal with each of these individual models, the robotic system requires flexible adaptation. Thus, the scientific objective of ReconCycle is to introduce in this sector self-reconfigurable hardware and software based on a reconfigurable robotic cell developed in a previous project.

Detailed Information on the project and the consortium can be found at the ReconCycle project page.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871352.