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Methods developed in our research are applied in integrated systems that function as demonstrators, technological experiments, or prototypes.
Autonomous Vision-based Navigation of the Nanokhod Rover
Autonomous planetary exploration will play an important role in future space missions. After the success of the Mars Pathfinder Mission, a lot of work has been started to overcome typical limitations of mobile vehicles, such as the lack of local autonomy at the Sojourner mission.
Vision Tools in the Experimental Service Satellite (ESS)
The goal of this national space project is to build a satellite that is equipped with a robot manipulator in order to repair failed satellites in geostationary orbit by human teleoperation from ground. One of the key features we are developing is the autonomous capturing of the target satellite supported by machine vision.
In the aging societies of the industrialized world, there will be an increasing demand for intelligent machines performing services in interaction or collaboration with humans. These machines will share with us our living environment and will have to perform everyday tasks in human-like manners. As a consequence, in the field of service robotics, systems are needed that can handle everyday objects in unconstraint environments, in much the same way as they are handled by humans.
The DLR Robotic Ballcatcher was developed to demonstrate the dynamical capabilities of the DLR light-weight arm and hand. The robot can catch a ball, that is thrown onto the robot by a benevolent thrower. The ball is observed by a large baseline stereo camera, comparing each image to a slowly adapting reference mage.
Design spielt beim Entwerfen neuer Produkte eine wichtige Rolle. In der Vergangenheit hat der Design Review Process physikalische Modelle erfordert, die im original Maßstab und dem geplanten Design der Oberfläche konstruiert werden mussten; was mit einem hohen Aufwand sowohl an Zeit als auch an Kosten gekoppelt war.
Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, which offers the advantages of reduced pain, shorter hospital stay, and quicker convalescence for the patients. Unlike open surgery, laparoscopic surgery needs only several small incisions in the abdominal wall to introduce instruments like scalpels, scissors etc., and a laparoscopic camera, such that the surgeon can operate by just looking at the camera images.
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