NCCR Robotics

Multi-directional gravity assist harness helps rehabilitation

When training to regain movement after stroke or spinal cord injury (SCI), patients must once again learn how to keep their balance during walking movements. Current clinical methods support the weigh...
21 July 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Paik Lab

Meet the NCCR Robotics Paik Lab (RRL, EPFL) - headed by Professor Jamie Paik, the lab is dedicated to creating interactive robotic systems using cutting edge manufacturing techniques. The lab speciali...
15 May 2017, by

Insect-inspired mechanical resilience for multicopters

Over recent years the explosion in popularity of drones, both professionally and for amateur use, has inspired researchers to consider how to make flying robots as safe and robust as possible. Previou...
27 February 2017, by

A look back at Cybathlon 2016

On 8 October 2016, the world's first Cybathlon took place in Zurich, Switzerland. The event, organised by ETH Zurich with NCCR Robotics as presenting sponsor, offered the opportunity for people with d...
27 December 2016, by

A drone that flies (almost) like a bird

Bioinspired robots that take their designs from biology has been a big research area in recent years, but a team from NCCR Robotics, Floreano Lab have just gone one step further and designed a feat...
16 December 2016, by

The future of space rescue – watch the R2t2 event live

Today, the Swiss Robotics Industry Day will play host to the R2t2 rescue mission and we are heading straight for the future!...
02 November 2016, by

A variable stiffness fiber that self-heals

A group from Floreano Lab, EPFL and NCCR Robotics has today published their novel variable stiffness fibre with self-healing capability. Soft “hardware” components are becoming more and more po...
27 October 2016, by

Powered arm prosthesis race at Cybathlon

This week, the world’s first Cybathlon will take place in Zurich, Switzerland and today we present to you the second of the NCCR Robotics teams to be taking part in the competition, LeMano. The Cyba...
07 October 2016, by

A drone with insect-inspired folding wings

When designing robots to help in the search for victims after a natural disaster, a number of features are important: robustness, long battery life and ease of transport. With this latest constraint i...
03 October 2016, by

Applying direct transcription methods to robot motion planning

When you walk across a room or down a path, your brain is making thousands of decisions on how best to move. For example, how best to use your weight, scanning for any obstacles or uneven surfaces, ...
08 March 2016, by

New electrical film that is both solid and liquid

As soft robotics increases in both scope and popularity, it is becoming more and more vital that each element of the electrical circuits contained within are also soft and elastic and able to continue...
29 February 2016, by

Creating a synthetic “second skin” with soft pneumatic actuators

Soft pneumatic actuators (SPAs) are an up and coming solution to the contradictory design criteria that many robotic systems have – high torque/force often means greater weight and volume, which is ...
17 February 2016, by

Understanding joint impedance with a knee exoskeleton

When designing exoskeletons for rehabilitation of patients after spinal cord injury or stroke, a constant concern is creating them to be as natural as possible to best enable user training to rebuild ...
09 February 2016, by

Towards independence: A shared control BCI telepresence robot

For those with extreme mobility problems, such as paralysis following spinal cord injury or neurological disease, telepresence can greatly help to offset social isolation. However, controlling a mobil...
29 June 2015, by

A self-deploying, foldable quadrotor for rapid rescue

The use of robots to find victims after natural disasters is fast becoming commonplace, with well documented cases where robots have been sent into areas too dangerous for rescue workers.  While the ...
18 May 2015, by

Noonee testing Chairless Chair exoskeleton at Audi production plants

Last month, Swiss startup noonee completed the first round of testing for their Chairless Chair with German car manufacturer Audi. The Chairless Chair is a wearable sitting exoskeleton for peopl...
06 May 2015, by

Research Group from University of Zurich wins KUKA Innovation Award

The team collect their award at the Automatica fair in Munich, June 2014. Four researchers from Davide Scaramuzza’s Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, have won ...
10 June 2014, by

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