The Robotics (ROB) Scientific Department conducts research along several themes involving perception, decision-making, motion, action, communication and interaction between the robot and its environment: the other robots, humans and ambient intelligence systems.
Research is conducted by ROB along four strategic streams: aerial and terrestrial field robotics, interactive and cognitive robotics, human and anthropomorphic motion, and algorithms for molecular motion.
These research activities involve also collaborative investigations with research on living systems such as neuroscience, cognitive sciences and biochemistry.
One main feature of robotics research at LAAS concerns the robot itself as an object of study i.e. an artificial entity endowed with integrated sensori-motor and cognitive abilities and acting in an open environment.
Large experimental space reproducing the scenery of an apartment with an open roof. The environment is supplied with furniture amidst which various robots can navigate and execute daily tasks. The apartment is equipped with various sensors including a motion capture system for studying and experimenting human-robot interaction scenarios.
Optitrack, 14 high-resolution infrared cameras
Two human size humanoid robots in a fully equipped experimental room. LAAS has a long time experience in humanoid robot motion planning and control. After having demonstrated whole-body motion generation capabilities on HRP-2, LAAS is now developing new algorithms to enable physical interaction of humanoid robots with their environment and with humans. The new robot robot Pyrène constructed by Pal Robotics based on the experience of LAAS is powerful and designed to be torque controlled.
1.54m, 58kg, 30DoF, RGBD, 6-axis IMU in the trunk, force sensors at feet and wrists, RGB-D cameras, walking speed max 2km/h constructed by Kawada robotics.
New generation humanoid robot constructed by Pal Robotics based on the experience of LAAS. 1.75m, 100kg, 32DoF, kinematic structure designed to increase manipulation capabilities, RGB-D camera, 6 axis IMU, force sensors in feet and wrists, torque sensor at each joint , position encoders at the level of motors and joints, last generation EtherCAT bus, control loop at 1KHz , i7 hyperthreaded CP, cooling system of CPU and motors, motor torques up to 300 Nm, motor rotation speed up to 56 RPM, harmonic drive reducers
Aerial Robots in a flight arena
Several models of flying robots, as quadrotors and hexarotors aerial robots, in a delimited flight arena of 6mx4mx5m (l,w,h) enclosed by a protective net. The ground is covered by protective mattresses. The arena is equipped with a motion capture system.
Number: 4, Mass: 1.3 Kg, Diameter: 75cm
Number: 2, Mass: 2 Kg ,Diameter: 115cm, Fully Actuated
Several models of indoor robot for navigation or manipulation equiped with specific sensors and motor capabilities.
Mobile Dual arm interaction robot by Willow Garage
Wheeled human-like interaction robot
Additional example of applications may be found here
Motion Capture Facilities
Large experimental room equipped with an optoelectronic Motion Capture System to compute the position of reflective markers, force plates embedded in the floor to measure ground reaction forces, 6-axis force sensors to measure additional force contacts, wireless EMG to measure the activity of muscles. The system is provided with a processing software to reconstruct the whole-body dynamics and identify key elements of the musculoskeletal activity.
Several Optoelectronic systems (Optitrack, Vicon, Motion Analysis) including a networks of high-resolution infrared cameras and advanced data processing software.
Embedded force platforms
2 AMTI force platforms (180*90) and (45*45) useful for gait and postural analysis
2 SENSIX K27x63F25270 6-axis force sensor, frequency 800Hz on each axis, simultaneous measurement extent: force-axes 1010 N, torque-axes 175 N.m
Mini wave from Cometa with 16 sensors equipped with 3D accelerometers
Nexus 2.7 for 3D reconstruction using Vicon
Three rover robots designed and equiped for outdoor navigation
– Two robots RMP 400 and 440
– One reobot Sterela
100-130kg depending on models
Length 100cm, Width 70cm, height 130cm
LiPo batteries, about 1h autonomy