Laboratory of robotics

Head of laboratory:Almas Shintemirov

The laboratory focuses on the design and implementation of intelligent devices and algorithms with an emphasis on industrial automation, mobile robotics, teleoperation and rehabilitation applications.

Mobile Robotics
The research of this group is to investigate the possibilities of designing, constructing and testing of mobile robots and platforms with novel technologies and sensors. Using new sensors in robots might open doors for solving and overcoming of existing problems in robotics in easy way. Implementing new technologies developed in other fields of engineering in robotics also opens possibilities for new discoveries. Additionally new technologies might emerge out of merging different technologies in robotics. One of the current project in this direction is design and construction of quadruped-wheeled robot.

Industrial Robotics
The focus of this group is to solve existing problems and shortcomings in industrial robotic applications. Widespread use of robots in industrial processes causes new problems and barriers to emerge in robotics field. Even if there is no apparent problem, finding new more efficient and less time consuming ways of performing operations in industry is always welcomed by companies. The current project in this direction is to design and build using 3-D printer technologies novel robotic hand to be used in pick-and-place industrial robots. This hand closely resembles human hand in operation and in appearence, which is very advantageous in industry compared to common grippers and other manipulators. 

Path planning
The focus of this research group is to investigate newpath-planning algorithms for many (redundant) DOF manipulators. These algorithms work in environments with movable (time-varying) boundaries. New and more efficient algorithms are being developed for this purpose. 

This group investigates the ways and possibilities of controlling robots and manipulators using gesture and human body motion. Currently tele-operated robots are mostly controlled by key-board or joystick. However in some of the applications these methods of control are not efficient and appropriate. For example, controlling robots, which by remote control dispose of bombs and explosives, using keyboard or joystick is not comfortable and is not natural. Moreover these methods of control require extensive training of an operator. It would be more comfortable and natural if an operator would control the robot by doing the same motion as if he/she were on the spot instead of the robot. Motion capture system is used in order to record and read the body motion. Cyber-glove is used to record finger movement. 

Social Robotics
The main focus of this research group is to design, build and test robots and robot parts suitable for social robotics applications. Most of the robots nowadays are working in human-free environments, such as factories and assembly lines. However recently the robots are moving into human environment. For example, currently robots are being developed, which will work as guides in hotels and exhibitions, as cleaners and assistants in hospitals and elderly houses. These working environments place severe restrictions on robots. One of the main restrictions is that robots have to be safe for human-robot interactions. One way to achieve the safety is to use variable-stiffness joints. This group currently investigates variable stiffness actuator and joints.

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