Current Projects in Robotics
Bending actuator for endoscopic applications
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Ortmaier
Dipl.-Ing. Dennis Kundrat
German Research Foundation (DFG)
The main objective of this project is aimed at the disadvantages of existing endoscopic systems which consider handling and risk of injury to the patient. The development of a new actuator, the modeling of kinematics and dynamics as well as the implementation of suitable control algorithms should compensate the aforementioned criteria. The work will be carried out in close cooperation with the Institute of Drive Systems and Power Electronics (IAL).
Emmy Noether Research Group CROSS
M.Sc. Carolin Fellmann, M.Sc. Ernar Amanov
DFG Emmy Noether Programme
The Emmy Noether research group CROSS investigates continuum robots for surgical applications. In particular, CROSS research is devoted to a sub category of continuum robots so called Concentric Tube Continuum Robots (CTCR). The manipulators are composed of multiple concentric, pre-bend, and flexible tubes.
The Real Time Systems Group (RTS) of the Leibniz University of Hannover has developed an autonomous forklift truck, in cooperation with STILL GmbH, to facilitate flexible navigation and material handling. The forklift truck is able to recognize pallets, to lift these up and to move them to another location autonomously. The pallets, as with the usual systems, need not be placed at a pre-defined hand over point. Instead, they are recognized by using laser scanners and can be automatically lifted from varying positions and heights.