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MYOROBOTICS

Project reference: 288219
Funded under

A framework for musculoskeletal robot development

From 2012-03-01 to 2015-02-28, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 309 890

EU contribution:

EUR 2 528 175

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Musculoskeletal robotic systems enhance safety, dexterity and adaptivity in uncertain environments, especially in situations where human and robot work in close proximity. A musculoskeletal design allows reducing body weight and developmental cost, while at the same time increasing design flexibility. The MYOROBOTICS project aims to improve the quality and reliability of the hardware involved and to make musculoskeletal robots readily available to researchers working in robotics and other domains (e.g. cognition, neuroscience), educators and the industry. The approach taken utilizes a modular design, involving components that can be easily interconnected in different ways to achieve required forms and functionality. These components will be mass-producible and reproducible, improving cost-effectiveness and facilitating the transition to the market.

Objective

Compliant, musculoskeletal robotic systems offer several advantages, especially in situations where human and robot work in close proximity. A musculoskeletal design takes inspiration from the mechanics of the human body. It makes extensive use of viscous-elastic materials to emulate the muscles and tendons which enhance safety, dexterity and adaptivity in uncertain environments. It also allows reducing body weight and developmental cost, while at the same time increasing design flexibility.<br/>Although there are several research platforms available that employ this design, current systems utilize custom-made, complex hardware and software, which inhibits their use beyond robotics research in academic settings. In fact, most of these systems are custom designed and built by one research group and, as a result, are seldom in use by people other than the initial developers.<br/>The MYOROBOTICS project aims to improve the quality and reliability of the hardware involved and to make musculoskeletal robots readily available to researchers working in robotics and other domains (e.g. cognition, neuroscience), educators and the industry. The approach taken utilizes a modular design, involving components that can be easily interconnected in different ways to achieve required forms and functionality. These components will be mass-producible and reproducible (leveraging rapid prototyping techniques), improving cost-effectiveness and facilitating the transition to the market. A software toolchain will be made available that will allow the assembly of a virtual musculoskeletal robot, the definition of control algorithms and high-level behaviours, the optimization of the controller's performance and the simulation of its interaction with the environment. Three different control schemes will be developed that will target the individual muscles, the joints and the entire body, respectively.<br/>All the aforementioned components, both software and hardware (the latter as CAD designs, board schematics and part lists) will be bundled in the MYOROBOTICS toolkit that will be made available as open-source to the community at large.

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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 746 600


Boltzmannstrasse 3
85748 Garching bei Muenchen
Germany
Administrative contact: Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
Tel.: +498928917636
Fax: +498928918107
E-mail

Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 586 742


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Fumiya Iida
Tel.: +41 44 632 0708
Fax: +41 44 632 14 68
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 610 205


Hansastrasse
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49 89 12052713
Fax: +49 89 12057534
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 41 754


SENATE HOUSE, TYNDALL AVENUE
BS8 1TH BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: David Drury
Tel.: +44 117 954 5390
Fax: +44 117 9250900
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 542 874


COLDHARBOUR LANE - FRENCHAY CAMPUS
BS16 1QY BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Alexander Lenz
Tel.: +44 117 32 86320
Fax: +44 117 328 3899
E-mail
Record Number: 102206 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01