Variable impedance actuators: moving the robots of tomorrow

B. Vanderborght, A. Albu-Schaeffer, A. Bicchi, E. Burdet, D.G. Caldwell, R. Carloni, M.G. Catalano, G. Ganesh, M. Garabini, G. Grioli, S. Haddadin, A. Jafari, M. Laffranchi, D. Lefeber, F. Petit, S. Stramigioli, N. Tsagarakis, M. van Damme, R. van Ham, L.C. VisserS. Wolf

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    Most of today's robots have rigid structures and actuators requiring complex software control algorithms and sophisticated sensor systems in order to behave in a compliant and safe way adapted to contact with unknown environments and humans. By studying and constructing variable impedance actuators and their control, we contribute to the development of actuation units which can match the intrinsic safety, motion performance and energy efficiency of biological systems and in particular the human. As such, this may lead to a new generation of robots that can co-exist and co-operate with people and get closer to the human manipulation and locomotion performance than is possible with current robots.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-1736-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1737-5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
    EventIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems 2012 - Vilamoura, Portugal
    Duration: 7 Oct 201212 Oct 2012


    ConferenceIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems 2012
    Abbreviated titleIROS 2012
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