Medical technologies: Robotics and vision

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Centre de Recerca en Enginyeria Biomèdica (CREB) UPC

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Our highly qualified professionals work together with public and private institutions to plan and execute projects such as designing surgical robots or constructing support systems for persons with physical or sensory disabilities.

Scientific objectives

  1. To develop new control strategies for a more natural and safer human-robot interaction.
  2. To develop visual algorithms for human motion analysis, which is the basis for identifying orders, posture, intention, actions and activity.
  3. To develop learning algorithms from images and other sensory information to learn actions by demonstration or by sensory substitution.
  4. To develop multirobot and person-robot cooperation strategies in shared spaces.
  5. To parameterise surgical procedures for robotic assistance, to evaluate the quality of human performance (training) or as a preliminary step before automation of a process.

Area/Field of expertise

Our research in medical robotics focuses on four areas: personal assistance, rehabilitation and surgical assistance and training. According to the information provided by multimodal perception, including data from the robot(s), our research aims to interpret the users' intentions, commands or guidance and, where appropriate, the user status. With this information, together with context interpretation and based on multimodal data, cooperative human-robot control strategies can be developed.

Our group includes researchers and undergraduates from different engineering fields, working closely with clinicians and specialists in the various areas. With regards to our more basic research, we investigate new techniques and methods for the intelligent control of robots, and develop solutions for specific applications.

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