Robotics as a main field of research of the MZH can be classified into three fields of activity:
3D Environment Detection for Autonomous Vehicles and Service Robots
Autonomous vehicles and service robots must be able to interact in real-time mode with real environments in a correct, reliable and safe manner. Research work comprises e.g. the 3D detection of the environment by means of laser scanners, the creation and analysis of time-variant 3D maps of the environment as well as the integration of sensors and control electronics into different experimental vehicles (as for example autonomous forklift trucks for industrial sites).
Medical Assistant Robots
The field "Medical Assistant Robots" is closely combined with the MZH research topic Medical Engineering. In robotics as a future market, research work is done in close cooperation with medical scientists on innovative projects in the field of mechatronically assisted precision surgery.
Bipedal Walking with Humanoid Robots
Aim of the project is to investigate the control basics required for steady and robust walking. This method-oriented approach allows a more simplified transfer of the results to other applications, as for example biomedical applications like prosthetics or fall detection for elderly patients. In this respect, problems concerning stabilised walking are investigated on different experimental platforms.