Modular robots are a special kind of robots that are built from single modules. By interconnecting these modules electrically and mechanically and providing communication links between them, complex robotic structures can be created. The research field of modular robots is one of the main research topics at the Institute of Automation and Control Engineering (IACE) at the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) in Hall in Tyrol, Austria.
Modular robotics involves a broad spectrum of research disciplines. Mechanical engineering skills are crucial to the design of the robot modules and interconnection mechanisms. Moreover, a compact electrical design can be a very ambitious issue, especially when modules should be "all-in-one" solutions, equipped not just with their actuators and sensors, but also with an electrical power source, computing power and a communication network interface. However, the main interest of the IACE focuses on control design for modular robots. This involves research in the following sub-fields of control engineering:Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) in Hall in Tyrol, Austria.
Sub-fields of control engineering:
• Motion Control
• State Estimation
• Kinematics Reasoning
• Automatic Modeling (kinematic and dynamic)