Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Robotics & MultiBody Mechanics Research Group central goal is to conduct fundamental and applied research in the broad field of robotics and multibody mechanics. The groups’ special emphasis is the development of complex mechatronic systems such as lightweight actuation systems with adaptable compliance. These compliant actuators are implemented in different robots like the bipeds Lucy and Veronica to study energy efficient locomotion, in the robotic manipulator Softarm to study safe HRI and in the step rehabilitation robot Altacro and ankle foot orthosis IPPAM and APM foot for compatablity with a human wearer. Coginitive HRI is studied with the intelligent robot Probo. In the field of multibody mechanics the group developed a new algorithm for real time simulation of complex mechanical systems.