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On-going Research Projects at the IDSIA Robotics Lab

This is a list of the projects currently being funded in our research lab. If you want to see what our student project look like click here!

WAY aims to develop and clinically evaluate non-invasive technologies that create bidirectional physiological links between a hand assistive device (like a hand prosthesis or a hand exoskeleton) and the patient's volition.
These links will be achieved by means of interfaces based on novel principles that combine multilevel biosignals and multimodal sensory feedback WAY is a Small and medium-scale focused research project (STREP) funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.
SWARMIX (Synergistic Interactions in Swarms of Heterogeneous Agents) is a Swiss National Science Foundation founded research project, which focusses on laying the foundations for the design, implementation, and adaptive control of heterogeneous multi-agent systems that are composed of humans, animals, and robots, working in cooperation to solve distributed tasks that require a wide diversity of sensory-motor and cognitive skills. We refer to such systems as mixed swarms. The aim is to provide each component of the mixed swarm with a high level of autonomy in order to allow it to fully exploit its own unique skills and abilities, and at the same time to set up close bidirectional interactions and information flows between all system components in order to ensure overall synergistic cooperation. The main novelty of this project lies in the cooperative integration of a possibly large number of humans, animals, and robots in tight cooperation in one single networked system with distributed control.
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics is a nation-wide center, launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation, with the common objective of developing new, human-oriented robotic technology for improving our quality of life.
The NCCR Robotics aims to develop human­-oriented robots, a new generation of intelligent machines that assist people in their daily lives and improve the quality of human life. The design of intelligent robots that can safely, robustly and naturally operate and interact with humans in changing environments is an enormous engineering challenge. Most of today’s robots are designed according to engineering concepts used for manufacturing plants. While these principles are suitable for applications requiring precise, fast, and repeatable operation, they are not optimal for building robots that have to perform in a real-world environment.
IM-CLeVeR is an EU funded research project and is running from 2009-2013. The project aims to develop a new methodology for designing robots controllers that can: (1) cumulatively learn new efficient skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and (2) reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned tasks. During skill-acquisition, the robots will behave like children at play which acquire skills autonomously on the basis of “intrinsic motivations”. During skill-exploitation, the robots will exhibit fast learning capabilities and a high versatility in solving tasks defined by external users due to their capacity of flexibly re-using, composing and readapting previously acquired skills.
The Swarmanoid project (IST-022888) is a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-OPEN) project funded by the European Commission. The main scientific objective of this research project is the design, implementation and control of a novel distributed robotic system. The system will be made up of heterogeneous, dynamically connected, small autonomous robots. Collectively, these robots will form what we call a swarmanoid. The swarmanoid that we intend to build will be comprised of numerous (about 60) autonomous robots of three types: eye-bots, hand-bots, and foot-bots. The Swarmanoid project is the successor project to the Swarm-bots project, and will build on the results obtained during the Swarm-bots project. Information on the Swarm-bots project can be found at the following address: