One of the main goals of the highly intergrated robotic systems that are developed at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center is a seamless, semiautonomous integration with man, in which "soft robotics", i.e. the compliant and safe behaviour of a robotic system is central. These principles are key in the development of assistive and prosthetic devices. Novel, bimanual mobile production assistants will play a prominent role in developed countries production processes, while elderly care is of ever increasing importance. In this Key Research Area we study and approach these princinples from a human biological point of view.
Biomimetic robotics and machine learning (Prof. Dr. Patrick van der Smagt)
We need to carefully understand and model human motion to build novel, human-like robotic systems. Kinematic and dynamic princples, found in biology, can teach us how we should design a next gereration of robotics, which is more flexible, energy-efficient and fast. In a joint lab between the Technische Universität München and the DLR, the Biomimetic Robotics and Machine Learning lab focuses on these issues, while looking at applications within assistive and prosthetic devices.
Movement simulation (Hans Heindl)
Novel movement simulators, with superior movement ranges, allow us to develop completely new perspectives in training astronauts and pilots. With these techniques, novel robotic applications in the fields of plane- and helicoptersimulation, car simulation, and infotainment and edutainment can be reached.