Research Areas

Collaborative and intelligent Robotics

About the research area

In Robotics area, the Virtual Sensorization research group (VISENS) has extensive experience in the field of series and parallel industrial robots. They focus on improving the dynamic behaviour of robots by designing and implementing control strategies suited to the type of robot and application, thus allowing us to exploit its full potential. Concretely, parallel industrial robots are devices that are used extensively in fields such as high-speed manipulation, in automotive development such as multiaxial dynamic trial sets, and in different areas of medicine and surgery. Thus, they are interesting to use despite their complexity.

VISENS also addresses the development of model-based virtual estimators or sensors (such as robot-environment-person interaction force estimators, terminal element position and flexibility-associated variable estimators, etc.). The methodology provided entails a first stage of dynamic modelling (establishment of modelling methodologies for any type of mechanism, both rigid and flexible); the second stage involves the design of model based control strategies (computed torque control, robust, iterative, predictive, etc.), whilst the final step concerns the stage of real-time implementation of the control algorithms.

In addition, VISENS works in collaborative robots addressing issues such as Human Robot Interaction, automatic generation of trajectories, among others. In fact, the group has in the laboratories different serial industrial robots, parallel Delta robots (rigid and flexible), two-arm collaborative robots, and others.