At the Autonomous Motion Department and at our partner lab, the Computational Learning & Motor Control Lab at the University of Southern California (USC), we have access to multiple state-of-the-art robots. We use the robots as experiemental platforms for our research (see Experimental Robotics). Some of the robots from the two labs in Tuebingen and Los Angeles are shown below.
Athena is a custom-built, hydraulically actuated full humanoid robot. Some of its unique features include prothetic lower legs, a relatively small mass allowing for highly dynamic motion, and its head equipped with a Velodyne sensor.
Apollo is a dual-arm manipulation platform. The robot has two KUKA lightweight robot arms, Barrett hands, and a Sarcos head featuring different vision sensors (Photo: Wolfram Scheible).
The Arm robot system consists of two WAM arms with Barrett hands and an actuated sensorhead with cameras and a Xtion depth sensor. The goal of this project is to teach the robot how to recongnize, grasp and handle objects. The software is developed in collaboration with the University of Southern California.
Hermes is a hydraulically actuated humanoid robot that was developed by Sarcos. The robot has 44 degrees of freedom, an ineria measurement unit and an active sensorhead with stereo cameras and a Xtion depth sensor. The goal of this project is to teach the robot how to balance and walk in unstructured environments. This project is a collaboration with the University of Southern California.
Sarcos Master/Slave Arm
The Sarcos Master Slave Arm was designed for telerobotic applications. The master arm is moved by a human operator while the slave arm executes the same motion. The master arm also provides force feedback to the operator based on the external forces that act on the slave arm. This project is a collaboration with the University of Southern California.
The Nao robot is a small, electrically actuated humanoid robot developed and sold by Aldebaran Robotics. It has 25 degrees of freedom, an inertial sensor, cameras, sonar rangefinders and onboard batteries.