The humanoid robot Rollin' Justin is a platform for research in service robotics. Areas of application for the system are, in particular, household work and assisting astronauts in space.
The robot was first presented to the public in 2008.
Rollin' Justin’s compliant light-weight arms and four-finger hands make it an ideal platform for research into sensitive, ambidextrous manipulation. The mobile base allows autonomous operation over a long range. Motion detection sensors and stereo cameras enable 3D reconstruction of the robot’s environment. Unstructured, variable and dynamic environments require the robot to act independently and without human support. On the other hand, the robot must be able to work safely with people. Its multiple actuated degrees of freedom allow Rollin' Justin to pursue several goals at the same time while complying with a task hierarchy. For example, the robot can serve beverages while observing the environment, moving without singularity, avoiding collisions, compliantly responding to collisions with the environment – all without spilling the drinks.
Robot experiment "SUPVIS Justin" between ISS and Oberpfaffenhofen
DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
Due to sophisticated control methods, sensing, and dexterous trajectory planning, Rollin' Justin is able to use common devices such as coffee machines.
Intelligent task planning is essential for universal service robots in domestic environments. A large number of possible grasps has to be planned in advance, and the best one among them has to be chosen in the end.
An important ability of future service robots is to physically cooperate with humans, for example in carrying heavy or bulky objects together.
Due to the torque sensing in the finger joints Rollin' Justin is able to perform dexterous manipulation tasks. One example is to grasp a plastic cup without sqashing it.
The mobile humanoid robot Rollin' Justin is utilized as a research platform for autonomous dexterous mobile manipulation in human environments. In the future humanoid robots are envisioned in household applications as well as in space environments.
DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
The research efforts around Rollin 'Justin investigate compliant whole-body motions and their effects on the environment. Exemplary everyday household tasks include window wiping, sweeping, or vacuuming the floor.
You can find a complete list of all publications associated with Rollin' Justin on our Publications Page. A selection of recent publications: