Luleå University of Technology
- Offer Profile
- Department of Computer Science and Electrical
We are one of the university’s engineering education departments, providing
education and conducting research in the field of “Computers in Physical
Robotics department at Luleå University of Technology!
- The research at the department is specialized on
telerobotics and models and algorithms for controlling the motion of robots
using geometrical sensors.
Robotics & Automation is a part of the department of Computer Science and
Electrical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. This
multidiciplinary department has a wide competence in computer controlled
industrial processes and telecommunications.
- Except for some limited tasks, fully autonomous robots
are too difficult a problem to solve today. Therefor we concentrate our work
on semi-autonomous robots and teleoperated robots where a human operator
performs the difficult scene interpretation and makes the overall decisions
while the robot does the simpler lowlevel tasks. As our robots grow more
capable they can relieve the operator of more and more routine work. This
allows us to create working systems long before we have a fully autonomous
- A variant of Teleoperation where the operator instructs
another human on what to do rather than commanding a robot. We are
investigating technics were a computer controlled pointer allows the
instructor to point in the scene. Advantages is that live video rates are
not needed for efficient work, still images with supplemental information
can be sent over POTS channels.
Range Camera Applications
- Some of our projects has employed structured light for
range measurements. This is especially useful when the measurement unit has
to be small (say in a robot gripper) or rugged. It's less useful for mobile
robot navigation as the accuracy is best at short ranges. To be useful in an
industrial environment we make good models of the optical properties of the
environment - i.e. reflecting surfaces.
Mobile Robot Navigation
- Our work in mobile robot navigation started with the
laser-anglemeter equipped mobile robot "LTT" - the Luleå Turbo Turtle in the
eighties. This navigation system has become a major commercial success! We
have since continued with indoor navigation using scanning range measuring
lasers, the range weighted Hough transform and autonomous map generation.