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Fundamental research uses novel robotics to improve worker health and safety, increase productivity and improve the quality of workplace outputs in the manufacturing sector. Projects in this stream provide an essential foundation for our applied research and research translation activities.
Our fundamental research focused on three key lines of enquiry:
- Robots in unknown and complex environments (sensing, mapping, motion planning and human-robot interaction; leading research in SLAM)
- Assistive robotics and human-robot interaction (human models and control)
- Robot teams
The centre’s applied research program delivers social and economic impact through a range of industry engagements.
Our applied research robotics program is split into three key areas:
- Infrastructure robotics: bridge inspection and maintenance, underground mining, water mains condition assessment and stevedoring
- Assistive robotics: health/aged care robots, search and rescue, upper/lower limb exoskeleton, tele-presence, human-interactive wheelchair, walking assistant
Within these categories, our research team develops proof-of-concept systems and engineering prototypes.