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Luleå University of Technology
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  • Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering:
    We are one of the university’s engineering education departments, providing education and conducting research in the field of “Computers in Physical Systems”.
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  • 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 robot.
      • 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.