Leibniz Universität Hannover

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With more than 25.000 students in natural sciences and engineering, humanities and social sciences as well as in law and economics, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover is the largest university of the State of Lower Saxony. It participates in the project through the Institute of Automatic Control (IRT) which currently consists of 10 researchers and is directed by Prof. Sami Haddadin since April 2014. It is one of the most renowned German institutes in the field of automatic control and robotics. It was, e.g., the first group in Germany that developed a dynamically walking biped including detection and prevention of impending falls by according reflex schemes. With the expertise of Prof. Haddadin, for instance being reflected in the well-known first robotic hand-arm that was continuously controlled by a tetraplegic human via neural signals, IRT has profound knowledge in the areas of safe pHRI, soft-robotics control, non-linear control/observers, and optimal control of elastic multi-body systems together with new, machine learning based approaches for the generalisation of optimal solutions. The team at IRT has pioneered in the field of high-speed collision detection, classification, and reflex reaction for torque-controlled robots. Further central research domains of IRT are the analysis of potential human injuries suffered from robot-human collisions, the understanding of human reflex mechanisms, and the systematic embodiment of these insights into new control and planning algorithms.

Key people

  • Sami Haddadin: PI
  • Torsten Lilge: Senior Researcher
  • Mazin Hamad: PhD Student
  • Marvin Becker: PhD Student

Role in the project

Within ILIAD, IRT will contribute on ensuring human-safety during mobile system motions in dynamic environment as well as robotic grasping and manipulation. For this, we will extend already existing data on human injury in robotics by a thorough risk analysis followed by crash-testing simulations and experiments. With the help of these data, we provide methods for shaping the vehicles velocity in order to prevent human injuries even in the case of collisions.