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Robotics and Human Machine Interaction

Fields of reseach at the professorial chair

Cognition and intelligent manipulation

Cognition represents the intelligent linking of perception and action in robotics. Manipulation of environments by robot's can be applied in many scenarios. Objects have to be grasped, rotated, touched, turned off or joined. Sensitive, adapted handling is important in future robotic applications. For this purpose we develop new methods and algorithms:

  • Assembly sequence planning
  • Collision-free path planning
  • Error robust assembly
  • Grasping and manipulation

Mechatronic Systems

Still today, walking for robots is tedious task. Robots do usually not walking perfectly stable or they are only able to ascend stairways very slowly. Only a few robots are able to balance or jump. Therefore, the professorship develops a new walking robots including new, robotic joints with mechanically variable stiffnesses. Following topics are tackled:

  • Non-linear robot joints
  • Walking robots
  • Hands
  • Sensors
  • Soft robots

Human Machine Interaction

The interaction of humans and technological systems gain more and more importance/ influence in our everyday life. Focus of the professorship is the safe human-robot interaction. Safe interaction of humans and robots within shared work places, augmented reality for HRI workplaces, Human tracking and predicting behaviour for human robot interaction:

  • Safe interaction of humans and robots within shared work places
  • Augmented reality tu support human programmers of robots
  • Human tracking and predicting behavior


The perception of the environment is crucial for robots to ensure safe navigation and movements. Based on new methods, like machine learning or model based approaches, the professorship teaches robots how to “see”. Additionally, robots shall be equipped with haptic sensors; therefore, new haptic sensors are in the process of being developed. Moreover, we develop proximity sensors integrated into one kind of robotic skin.

  • Segmentation
  • Object recognition
  • Tracking

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