Robotics for Care and Cure

The Robotics for Care and Cure subprogramme aims to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics in health-related applications. To enable robots to perform a wide variety of household tasks we are investigating the cognitive abilities of domestic service robots. We have initiated the FP7 RoboEarth programme, in which a framework for a learning database for robots is being developed. For both the domestic (care) as well as the medical (cure) application field our group realises world-class design of high-performance robots (MidSize Turtle, Amigo, Sofie, PRECEYES, Colibri etc). The use of predictive models during the design allows a highly integrated design process in which all relevant phenomena from different disciplines are taken into account, thereby also connecting to the subprogrammes 1.3.1 and 1.3.2. The success of this approach is evidenced by becoming world champion robot soccer in 2012, and the design of the eye-surgery robot PRECEYES, which can perform procedures that were not possible before. Finally, control synthesis methods for haptic master-slave systems are being investigated that can deal with uncertainty in operator and environmental conditions. In cureapplications, the resulting controllers will allow the robot to copy the surgeon’s movements and force at the same time, for a wide variety of surgeons and patients. In this field we have broad co-operations with medical academic hospitals and SME industries.

People active in this area: M.J.G. van de Molengraft (Care) & P.C.J.N. Rosielle (Cure), Ir. ElfringProf.dr. H.P.J. Bruyninckx & M. Steinbuch