University of Twente, Robotics and Mechatronics

LocatedEnschede
Employees80
Fields of application Care robotics, Service robotics, Surgical robotics, Inspection robotics

Robotics and Mechatronics (RaM) deals with application of modern systems and control methods to practical situations. Focus is on robotics, as a specific class of mechatronic systems. The research is embedded in the  CTIT and MIRA institutes. The research of the group is application oriented. Main goal is to investigate the applicability of modern systems, imaging and control methods to practical situations in the area of robotics.

 

Robot application areas we investigate are: inspection robotics (UAVs, UGVs, UUVs); medical robotics (assistance to surgeons, diagnostics); service robotics (street cleaning, service to people).

 

The science and engineering topics we work on are: modeling and simulation of physical systems; intelligent control; robotic actuators; computer vision and medical imaging; embedded control systems.

 

In our labs we have quite a variety of robotic setups: basic 1 or 2 motor systems, precise motion control platforms, a production cell-like block circulator, several types of flying wheeled mobile robots, humanoid walking robots, and setups for robotized needle insertion.

 

 

 

 

 

Projects: University of Twente, Robotics and Mechatronics

A biopsy robot that combines the best features of MRI and ultrasound.

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This project focuses on the application of mechatronic principles in healthcare by translating scientific innovations into practical systems

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A prestigious European competition in which contestants compete with each other to develop a drone suitable for industry.

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Flexible and autonomous needle- steering to improve procedure efficiency and reduce endoscopists workload and patient pain at low cost.

 

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Inspection of shiptanks is labour intensive and hazardous. RoboShip automates these tasks while on open water and improves effectiveness.

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Developing a robotic system that is able to increase the effectiveness of 'search & rescue operations' with avalanches or other disasters. 

 

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The majority of the Dutch gaspipe system (100.000km) is inspected above ground. PIRATE is a robot capable of manoeuvring within the pipe system.

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