Ever-increasing demand for material and food, stricter emissions regulations, and continuous globalisation has put Europe’s construction, logistics, and agriculture sectors under immense pressure. Dramatic improvements in their productivity and efficiency are the only answer to these global challenges. Heavy-duty mobile (HDM) machinery are crucial workhorses in these sectors. Europe’s major HDM equipment companies (J. Deere, Liebherr, Bosch Rexroth, HIAB, Volvo CE) have joined forces with four highly specialised academic groups to deliver MORE, a timely project in response to these urgent needs.
MORE will address these challenges by delivering innovative solutions driven by digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in three areas: 1) Processes: world modelling by combining machine-earth interaction with vision, and optimising material flow in construction sites, 2) Machines: creating efficient power-train solutions for heavy-duty booms and 3) Control: object classification and world modelling to support long-term autonomy; obstacle avoidance in adverse conditions; innovative solutions on transfer-learning for earth moving and boom control to reduce operational and development costs, in different application areas.
MORE is an innovative European Industrial Doctorate (EID) research and training programme, the first of its kind that will address this need and fill the gap in related research and training. Eight early stage researchers will be equipped with a set of research skills including robotics, machine learning, energy systems, as well as transferable skills such as entrepreneurship and career management. MORE is a strong collaboration between academia and industry, ESRs will spend a majority of their doctorate recruited by industrial partners.
accelopment AG is a Partner Organisation in the MORE project. Through our experience with Marie Curie Skłodowska Actions (MSCA), we aim to support this project in dissemination, exploitation, and management tasks. Furthermore, we will help organising project-related events and conduct one of the transferable skills training course focusing on research funding and management.