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. Several projects together under PERASPERA make up the "Strategic Research Cluster" or SRC. This cluster aims to work together to create integrated solutions for a massive leap forward in space robotics capabilities for Europe.
Inside the SRC the projects are referred as Operational Grants (OG) and each one focuses on a particular open challenge for the development of Space Robotics. InFuse will effectively link with other projects within the PERASPERA Strategic Research Cluster (SRC). Each OG is a building block, and InFuse is designed in particular to work with: OG1 (RCOS), OG2 (Autonomy Framework) and OG4 (Inspection Sensor Suite).
InFuse will develop solutions for data fusion techniques and their produced data that will make data fusion adoption easy and effective for 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 in-orbit and planetary scenarios, but will also include a data fusion orchestration and management tool allowing a user to control data fusion processes and conveniently retrieve (on-demand) products such as maps, models of the environment or objects, and scientific data.
The potential impact of InFuse is huge. As yet, there has not been such a tool developed and it will be relevant and useful for a wide range of robotic applications and user communities – both within and external to the Space Robotics SRC activities. There are also potential applications in 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 will benefit many industrial, research and academic stakeholders in Europe and the wider world.
InFuse is a European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project (grant #730014).