Bridging the gap between academic research and commercially viable technology
Academic spin off company is essential to bridge the gap between project outcome and industry application. However, running a brilliant start up is totally different story than to drive a successful research project. The talk will cover the problems and challenges to be faced in running academic based companies, focussing on the example of multi-AGV systems in industrial applications.
Groups of AGVs have been increasingly used, in the last few years, for automating logistics operations in industrial environments. This talk will focus on methodologies for modeling, in a dynamic manner, the traffic of the AGVs moving in the plant. Such a traffic model can then be exploited for implementing advanced coordination strategies. Along these lines, the talk will discuss some recently developed methodologies that, using a hierarchical strategy, lead to optimizing the traffic flow through industrial plants