The group of Robots and Intelligent Machines is an interdisciplinary research unit which focus its line of research on Intelligent Robotics at the Centre for Automation and Robotics. Before being officially part of the Centre, the group was born in 2004 and its activities were only linked to Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, currently the Madrid headquarters of the Centre. In fact, most of the researchers of this group come from UPM.
The main goal of the group is three-fold:
- Research on core technologies and new methods applied to Robotics.
- An integrated official Ph.D. program on Automation and Robotics to provide high education to a new generation of researchers many of whom are currently at some of the most influential institutions worldwide.
- Transfer the technology and techniques developed to the industry to provide solutions to real social problematic and to attend the user needs which may take advantage of robotic systems.
More specifically, the efforts done by the group are associated with the following activities:
- Robots kinematics analysis and simulation.
- Study of robotics parallel structures.
- Dynamic control of robots.
- Bilateral control algorithms for tele-operation and remote handling applications.
- Haptic devices.
- Robots for medical purposes such as surgery, physical and/or neurological rehabilitation.
- Underwater robots.
- Visual control techniques.
- Reconfigurable robots.
- Localization of mobile autonomous robots.
- Human - machine interfaces for tele-operation.
All of these lines of research make possible a huge number of Ph.D. dissertations and numerous publications in the most important and relevant journals and scientific events. Moreover, the group maintains a very active communication with potential companies in the field of robotics to create synergies and look for new ideas that become real research projects most of the time, both under European and National frameworks.