Automatics, robotics and biocybernetics

author: Igor B. Mekjavić, Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Jadran Lenarčič, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Leon Žlajpah, Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Jan Babič, Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Aleš Ude, Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Bojan Nemec, Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute
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published: Oct. 14, 2013,   recorded: June 2013,   views: 112270

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The main goal is to create new knowledge and to transfer this knowledge to our users in industry, medicine and sports based on the development of original systems and technologies and on various activities in education of different types and levels. The common title of reserach in this group is "man and machine". We investigate the functioning of humans, emphasis is on human motion, from the viewpoint of robotics and automation. We intend to implement these results in the development of advanced production systems and technologies, as well as biomedical devices and methods in medicine and sports. Within the programme, the following principal topics are investigated:

  1. Integration of mobility and manipulation in industrial and service robots
    Here, we intend to integrate a mobile robot platform and a robot manipulator and equip this system with different types of sensors, including distance sensors, stereo vision, tacktile sensors, force sensors etc. The objective is to develop new methods of control of complex (futuristic) robots, including a whole spectrum from strategic to basic level of control. Special interest will also be given to the design and control of parallel and redundant robot mechanisms.
  2. Humanoid robots
    Two topics are investigated. First is concerned with the devlopent of a humanoid manipulator, in particular of a humanoid shoulder complex. The biomechanics of human manipulation is studied and the mathematics of humanoid motion will be synthesized. The second topic is related to the detection and validation of human motion by the use of computer stereo vision. The objective is to develop a system of robot teaching by showing.
  3. Human physiology
    This is a set of research topics in envirnomental and sports medicine with strong application impact, for instance, in biophysical evaluation of shoes, garment and various protection equipment or ergonomic analysis of workplaces in industry.
  4. Development of new biomedical devices and methods
    Wthin this area we investigate primarily the problems of electrical stimulation. Our functional and therapeutical stimulators are well known worldwide. We develop and transfer in practice different types of electrical stimulators.
  5. Robotics, automation and informatization of production systems
    The group is traditionally connected with a number of Slovenian industrial companies in advancing their production systems and technologies. In these years we plan to develop new and original production cells and lines.

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