Research

  • Telerobotics

    Telerobotics is an emerging field, currently covering various application domains and robot network paradigms. Our group is dealing with
     
    • network robotics
    • cloud robotics
    • teleoperation systems
    • time-delay systems
    • internet-based technologies in a broader sense.
     
    We are working on a roadmap for the near future, describing development trends and emerging application areas.
    Cloud Robotics may have a significant role in the future as an explicitly human-centered technology, capable of addressing the dire needs of our society. At the current stage of development, robots can use their sensory information—including cameras, sonars, 3D scanners—to perform extended search on large data bases and the internet to identify any unknown object or situation they may encounter. The proper identification helps them to shape up helping circumstances
  • Medical Robotics

    Medical robotics emerged as a new domain in the past few decades due to the rapid development of enabling technologies. Nowadays it is considered to be one of the most developing fields of robotics, thanks to the improvement in accuracy and reliability of the machines day by day. Its success is not only the result of the use of high-end mechanical and control technologies in robotic research and development but also the result of the growing acceptance of intelligent machines in our everyday life. 

    The general opinion about robots has changed as humanity entered the 21st century. That is, the best use of these machines would be for tasks that require great accuracy, large speed and a high level of repeatability. However, as there are no two identical patients, the same manipulation cannot be carried out either, when it comes to medical robotics. Therefore, attention has been drawn towards human–operated robotic arms and intelligent service robots, which for the time being will not replace the surgical staff entirely but will aid them during surgeries, patient care and many others.

  • Control theory

    A key area of research is the development of enabling control technologies to support semi-autonomous, or teleoperated robots. Target features include time delay compensation, robust control, perturbation compensation, automated function control and advanced safety features. Practical obstacles and limitations of invasive / non-invasive telemedicine would be investigated and modern robust control algorithms would be developed to overcome these, using clinical data collected from real patients via proper identification methods Modern control methods seek to provide this safety, and guarantee to handle even the worst case situations by taking dynamics into account and formulating solutions in a “model-free” way. Our aim is to develop modern robust control frameworks for a wide range of problems; e.g., to increase the stability of individualized model-based therapies for the broader domain of telemedicine.

  • Advanced Applied Robotics

    Activities in this domain mainly focus on the design of modular, network and manufacturer independent robotic applications. Recently developed and widely used new technologies, such as ROS and RT-Middleware backed up by immersive 3D visualisation and the results of Future Internet Research help our work in developing collaborative virtual environments. Our applications support engineers in designing, assembling and testing their robotic applications.

    ABC participates in the industrial robotics-related development of the VirCA platform (www.virca.hu) focusing mainly (but not solely) on FANUC robots. The goal of our research is to maintain pioneering role in the following relevant fields:

    - Collaborative virtual commissioning of robotic applications

    - Manufacturer-independent, generic robot programming

    - Intelligent space concept in industrial robotics (logical separation of sensing, inference and actuation)

    - Exploiting the benefits of cloud robotics in industrial scenarios

    - Education in virtual environments (e-learning)

    - Testing industrial application environments in virtual reality

  • Ontologies and standards

    One of the cornerstones of recent advancement in human – robot interaction is the evolution of descriptive logics, formal languages, ontologies and community vocabularies, nurturing on an expanding user base. Ontologies, defined as the formal description of the concepts and relationships for an agent or a community of agents, are essential for interaction, especially for representing knowledge among humans and robots . Formal descriptions, best practices and universal methods can become recognized throughout the community and may become standards one day. Out group is participating in the work of the most prestigious associations (ISO, IEC, IEEE) working primarily towards robot safety standards.