Our goal is, by bringing together knowledge from diverse fields of expertise, to develop new materials, robotic applications and vision, control and automation in order to bridge scientific background and knowhow into multidisciplinary research and development.
The scientific background of our staff as well as the laboratory equipment permits research activities on the borderline of computational material science, material science, vision, robotics, computer science and electronics.
Electroactive transducers also called artificial muscles are materials which respond to electrical input with mechanical response as they move or convert mechanical input to electrical signals like sensors
They are unique as they can bend, can convert electrical signal to mechanical move and vice versa, as sensors at same time., They can produce silent, vibration free movement, are low metal content and some of them are biologically compatible. Not mention the fact that it is technologically possible to fabricate devices from these materials at micro-size that makes them very attractive for space industry
We are working on use smart materials and vision in robotics. However we have several robotics applications in development.
SHEE, SELF-DEPLOYABLE HABITAT FOR EXTREME
Distinctive features of the SHEE
project include its easy transportability with a standard flatbed truck and its
capacity to automatically deploy – increasing the size of the habitat and usable space to accomodate a crew of two persons. The habitat is outfitted with interior furnishings permitting different usage and activity by crew members; including sleeping cabins, a work area, a multi-functional common area, hygiene compartment and small workshop.