To empower the new generation of robots with the adaptability and robustness required to be deployed and effectively used within realistic workspaces and be able to physically interact safely with human and the environment a key component is the robot actuation.
We invest igate novel joint actuation and elastic transmission systems solutions and their associate control schemes that can demonstrate energy efficient and high peak operation using large energy storage capacity elements, efficient actuation drivers and energy recycling techniques.
The developed actuators are considered for walking, hopping and in general legged robots, including full humanoids and exoskeletons. Research in the utility and control of the actuator extend also toward energy storage and recovery in high power bursts such as throwing, kicking and jumping of anthropomorphic robots. This work activity is in line with the work-plan of several EU projects (VIACTORS, SAPHARI and WALK-MAN) in which the Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics lab had a major role.