AMARSI aims to achieve a qualitative jump toward rich motor behaviour in robotic systems, rigorously following a systematic approach in which novel mechanical systems with passive compliance, control and learning solutions will be integrated. With regards to the mechanical systems with passive compliance the goal is to reduce the distinction between plant and controller that is typical in traditional control engineering and to fully exploit complex body properties, to simplify perception, control and learning and to explore how compliance can be exploited for safer human robot interaction, reduced energy consumption, simplified control, and faster and more aggressive learning.
VIACTORS addresses the development and use of safe, energy-efficient and highly dynamic variable impedance actuation systems which will permit the embodiment of natural characteristics found in biological systems into the structures of the new generation of mechatronic systems. The results of this project will deeply impact applications where successful task completion requires people and robots to collaborate directly in a shared workspace or robots to move autonomously and as efficiently as humans.
ROBOTCUB is a research initiative dedicated to the realization of embodied cognitive systems and the creation of an advanced robotic platform for neuroscientific study. The two main goals of this project are; the creation of an open hardware/software humanoid robotic platform (iCub) for research in embodied cognition and the advancing of our neural understanding of cognitive systems by exploiting this platform in the study of the development of cognitive capabilities in humanoid robots.