Prof. M. Althoff develops IMPROV

Toolbox for building robots aware of their surroundings

Many work processes would be almost unthinkable today without robots. But robots operating in manufacturing facilities have often posed risks to workers because they are not responsive enough to their surroundings. A new system could soon free the robots from their cages and thus transform standard practices in the world of automation: Prof. Matthias Althoff (Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems) has developed a toolbox principle for the simple assembly of safe robots using various components. The modules can be combined in almost any way desired, enabling companies to customize their robots for a wide range of tasks – or simply replace damaged components. Prof. Althoff's system is presented in a paper in the June 2019 issue of Science Robotics.

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