Robotics & Automation

A number of robotic projects have been carried out by the MRU, many concerned with robotic prehension. These include the development of the worlds first electroadhesive microgripper. More recently, grippers using magnetoactive elastomers combined with other smart materials are being researched. With regard to robotic instrumentation, techniques developed to prevent object slippage through the detection of pre-slip have been very successful.

A DFG sponsored research project (REPOROBO) into robots in surgery resulted in an impactive gripper with absolutely zero degrees of post prehension freedom. This was coupled with force/torque and tilt sensors to allow the robot to follow potential patient movements and limit applied forces.

More recently, mobile robots have become part of the MRU portfolio with the development of the holonomic Trilopede. A robotic system for the cleaning and inspection of photovoltaic cells in free land solar parks was built as part of a large EU Framework-7 research project PV-Servitor.