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Mission Statement

Intelligente Maschinen: Zu neuen Ufern in unserer digital vernetzten Welt

Das IRT erforscht und schafft die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen sowie Technologien für innovative mechatronische Systeme, die mit der Fähigkeit ausgestattet sind in unserer Welt autonom und in enger Interaktion mit dem Menschen agieren zu können. Die Systeme sollen in der Lage sein als Teil eines globalen und heterogenen Netzwerks zu fungieren, um mit Hilfe großer Rechenleistung und schneller Kommunikation ihre Fähigkeiten, und somit stetig ihre Leistungsfähigkeit zu erhöhen und ihre möglichen Einsatzgebiete zu erweitern. Die Forschungsarbeiten des IRT vereinen dabei die Disziplinen Regelungstheorie, Robotik, Maschinelles Lernen und Neurmotorkontrolle und erfordern zum Erreichen der Ziele insbesondere die Aufdeckung der wesentlichen Unbekannten für das grundlegende Verständnis von Intelligenz und ihrer Manifestationen.

Background Information

The Institute of Automatic Control (IRT) of Leibniz University Hanover (LUH), directed by Prof. Sami Haddadin, is one of the pioneering German institutes in the field of humanoid robotics. Starting from stabilizing bipedal walking, detection and prevention schemes of impending falls by according reflex schemes, high-performance algorithms for data reconstruction and fusion were developed over the last two decades.

Previous to IRT, Prof. Haddadin was with the Robotics and Mechatronics Center of DLR**.

During his time at DLR, Prof. Haddadin was strongly involved in the development and technology transfer of the DLR lightweight robots. Its commercial version, the LBR iiwa, is now being produced by one of the leading robot manufactures KUKA. He also participated in other cooperation projects with industrial partners such as Daimler AG in order to transfer novel robotics research results with focus on physical Human-Robot Interaction into innovative application domains.

Prof. Haddadin’s and his team contributed in the research domains of

  • physical Human-Robot Interaction
  • nonlinear robot control
  • real-time motion planning
  • real-time task and reflex planning
  • robot learning
  • optimal control for elastic systems
  • human motor control
  • variable impedance actuation
  • safety in robotics

Well known milestones of his work are

  1. Model based robot collision detection and reflex reaction algorithms
  2. The first systematic human injury analysis in robotics
  3. The first robotic hand-arm that was continuously controlled by a tetraplegic human via neural signals
  4. Real-time optimal and dynamic manipulation control of VSA and elastic robots
  5. Real-time optimal and interaction control of flying robots
  6. The first helicopter-robot-arm aerial manipulation experiment

**The Robotics and Mechatronics Center of DLR was originally founded and led by Prof. Gerd Hirzinger and recently handed over to Prof. Alin Albu-Schaeffer. At DLR Prof. Haddadin was head of the research group „Human-Centered Robotics“ and coordinated the program „Terrestrial Assistant Robotics“, which was dedicated to „Personal and Production Assistants“, „Bionics“ and „Prothetics“