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AEROBI, a H2020-ICT-2015 project driven by the bridge inspection industry, adapts and integrates recent research results in low flying unmanned robots with arms, intelligent control in robotics, computer vision and sensing, in an innovative, integrated, low flying, robotic system with a specialised multi-joint arm that will scan concrete beams and piers in a bridge for potential cracks on the surface or concrete swelling or spalling. AEROBI aims at the development and validation of the prototype of an innovative, intelligent, aerial robotic system with a specialised multi-joint arm for the in-depth structural inspection of reinforced concrete bridges, speedily and reliably, without interfering with the traffic and endangering the inspectors, that has the potential to be commercialised in the short term. The final integrated AEROBI robotic system will interweave innovative computer vision and sensing techniques with intelligent control of a multi-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) robot able to provide all required parameters for structural assessment with the required accuracy. The system will also include a module that based on inspection results will automatically assess, in near real time, the structural condition of the bridge.

2015-12-01 to 2018-11-30