Welcome to ILIAD, an EU-funded research project on Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment for safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces.


Today, intralogistic services have to respond quickly to changing market needs, unforeseeable trends and shorter product life cycles. These drivers pose new demands on intralogistic systems to be highly flexible, rock-solid reliable, self-optimising, quickly deployable and safe yet efficient in environments shared with humans. ILIAD will enable the transition to automation of intralogistic services with key stakeholders from the food distribution sector, where these challenges are particularly pressing.

We will develop robotic solutions that can integrate with current warehouse facilities, extending the state of the art to achieve

  • self-deploying fleets of heterogeneous robots in multiple-actor systems;
  • life-long self-optimisation;
  • manipulation from a mobile platform;
  • efficient and safe operation in environments shared with humans; and
  • efficient fleet management with formal guarantees.

Scientifically, ILIAD pursues ambitious goals for complex cognitive systems in human environments beyond a specific use-case. We will overcome limitations in the state of the art in

  • tracking and analysing humans;
  • quantifying map quality and predicting future states depending on activity patterns inferred from long-term observations;
  • planning of socially normative movements using learned human models;
  • integration of task allocation, coordination and motion planning for heterogeneous robot fleets; and
  • systematically studying human safety in mixed environments, providing a foundation for future safety standards.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732737.


ILIAD numbers

Production babies


Summarising 2017
December 18, 2017
The first period of the project is soon coming to an end and we can look back on an eventful year. Notable outcomes after the first year of the project include the first milestone demonstrat...
Second integration week
September 24, 2017
On September 18-22 we had our second integration sprint, hosted by University of Lincoln/NCFM, bringing together ILIAD's software developers from the different partners, in preparation of th
Several new papers accepted for publication
August 23, 2017
We've recently had four papers accepted for presentation in the upcoming IROS 2017 and ITSC 2017 conferences. The topics of these works relate to improvements to the scan matching algorithms

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