Interview Stefano Stramigioli voor NPO Radio

General news - posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (about 20 hours ago)

Stefano Stramigioli is door NPO Radio geïnterviewd vanwege zijn ERC Grant.

Klik hier voor het interview.

ERC Grant for Stefano Stramigioli!

General news - posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (15 days ago)

Robots flying like birds: Stefano Stramigioli inspired by Da Vinci's dream, ERC Advanced Grant for UT robotics expert

The first robotic birds, like the Robird® that was developed at the University of Twente, are flying and operational right now. Still, taking off and landing like a bird or asymmetric wing flapping are not possible yet. Sharing Leonardo da Vinci’s dream, Professor Stefano Stramigioli wants to develop a new theory on flapping flight, leading to the next generation of robotic birds. For this, he received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, worth 2.8 million euros.

The ease with which birds are flying, made Leonardo da Vinci dream of machines that could do the same, already in the 15th century. Airplanes, with their fixed wings, work well but this is a watered-down version of the real thing: flapping flight. Mimicking the movements of bird’s wings, taking the complex air flow into account, is a different story. The Robird®, developed in Stramigioli’s group, is a major step forward. This is a robotic falcon that is commercially available through the spin-off company Clear Flight Solutions. It already won the European Technology Transfer Award.

In his new research project, Stramigioli wants to go much further: “We still don’t understand the 3D flow dynamics well enough. How to control this dynamics and design robots that can deal with it, is the next step. What we can’t do yet, is taking off and landing like a bird does, flying with asymmetrically flapping wings or automatically adapt to flow.”

Theory and wind tunnel tests

The development of the next generation of robotic birds starts with new theoretical insights. Stramigioli wants to use the so-called port-Hamiltonian system theory for this: it offers a powerful way of combining several physics domains and control theory, needed for describing what happens at the wing surface, for example. Based on the new insights, Stramigioli wants to test wing parts in the wind tunnel. The ultimate goal of his five year project is a new robotic bird.

Multidisciplinary team

For making this dream come true, Stefano Stramigioli set up a multidisciplinary team, including Prof Kees Venner (Engineering Fluid Dynamics), Prof Arjen van der Schaft (University of Groningen, port-Hamiltonian system theory), Prof Dannis Brouwer (mechanics of flexible systems), Prof Hans Zwart (infinite dimensional systems) and Prof Gijs Krijnen (bio-inspired sensors and actuators).

For his project ‘PORTWINGS – Decoding the Nature of Flapping Flight by port-Hamiltonian System Theory’, Stefano Stramigioli now receives an ERC Advanced Grant. In this round, 269 senior researchers across Europe receive a total sum of 653 million euros.

Beril Sirmaçek: More accurate biopsy by Augmented Reality

General news - posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (27 days ago)

The University of Twente is currently developing a smartphone technology based on the usage of Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) and Augmented Reality (AR). This technology enables medical personnel to reconstruct 3D body sections quickly, only by holding the smartphone around the area of interest. This smartphone will display the augmented layers of the 3D skin surface in order to visualize invisible information for medical personnel.

“We would like to layer the information from the MRI and other vein scans (from sensor devices using laser speckle) and make them visible with augmented reality”, says Dr. Eng. Beril Sirmacek (Computer Science). This allows doctors to see the inner body segments, tumors, veins and the status of diabetic ulcers with the use of augmented reality. This visual support enables doctors to oversee the situation better and make better decisions. In a biopsy situation, this visual support can help with guiding the robot arms to reach the tumor for biopsy at the first attempt, instead of taking the off-chance and reach for the correct location by working with a patient for a whole day and making unsuccessful biopsy holes on the patient's body.

The augmented visualization of big data and the guidance with the smartphone application highly relies on the technology of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). “Even though I didn't have a medical background, our common focus on SLAM and AR provides a great platform.”

SLAM box

“When we started this project, our goal was to develop a SLAM box at the UT research group RAM (Robotics and Mechatronics). We can use our localization and 3D reconstruction software on different sensors and not only with the use of smartphones. Our vision will lead to many health applications, and other robotics applications will become more intelligent. With this technology, the algorithms quickly understand the 3D models of the surrounding objects regardless of the imaging sensors which are used.”

Prof. Dr. Ir. Stefano Stramigioli (Chairman of the Group, Robotics and Mechatronics): “SLAM is a core technology in robotics, but its universal usage will only be possible if we have methods to easily interface many sensors in a robotic system. At RAM, we intend to create a modular SLAM box which will automatically reconfigure itself if extra sensors are attached in a Plug&Play fashion. Then it would be possible to connect this “SLAM Box” to a complete robotic system, giving it powerful perception capabilities.”

We would be happy to know other researchers and interested students who would like to collaborate or take on a study and research in this field

Beril Sirmacek

Beril joined the University of Twente in October 2017. “Before starting to work with the Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) group, she was working on remote sensing big data processing. She has developed a novel framework (known as farmAR) which provides augmented reality (AR) guidance in the field based on automatically processed remote sensing big data results. The implementation helped especially to people in the agricultural field for finding plant diseases and nutrition deficiencies easily with augmented reality. A simple smartphone application made the invisible data visible to users with a non-technical background. The framework received two awards. In 2016, farmAR was the finalist for the Environment, Health and Energy application of the year. And in 2017, it was awarded the winning B2B application of the year by the European Commision for serving to the satellite mission of Europe called Copernicus Masters.

The UT and Clear Flight Solutions winners of the “anti-drone competition” DroneClash

General news - posted 2 months ago, last edited Thursday, February 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

The University of Twente and UT start-up Clear Flight Solutions won the first edition of DroneClash which was organized by the National Police, amongst others. The teams had to come up with anti-drone measures and take out the opponent’s drones in ... read more

University of Twente partner of an excellence science robotics consortium

General news - posted 3 months ago, last edited Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (3 months ago)

The University of Twente, as partner of the TERRINet consortium, kicked-off the financed project. This group of top research institutions makes high quality infrastructure available to researchers in Europe and worldwide for robotics experiments. The in... read more

Information Session 3rd year students

General news - posted 3 months ago, last edited Thursday, February 1, 2018 (3 months ago)

On Tuesday 20-2-2018, 12:45-13:30, we give information for final-year BSc students looking for a MSc programme EE, S&C, EMSYS (and also TM, BME, ME) with a final project at RaM.  After a short introduction (Carre 3446), we give demos in our la... read more

PiHC voucher gewonnen!

RaM in the press - posted 5 months ago, last edited Monday, November 27, 2017 (5 months ago)

Afgelopen week, 21 November, hebben Dr. Ir. Ferdi van der Heijden en Dr. Françoise Siepel  in samenwerking met Dr. Mirre de Noo en Dr. Esther van ’t Riet van Deventer ziekenhuis een Pioneers in Health Care voucher gewonnen v... read more

Stefano Stramigioli speaks for TEDXAmsterdam Schiphol Side Event

General news - posted 5 months ago, last edited Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (5 months ago)

On November 17 Stefano and Vincent were at the TEDXAmsterdam Schiphol Side Event where Stefano gave an inspiring talk. Click here to see the video about it. Pictures taken by © Mark Kuipers/Phenster read more

RaM tekent MoU met iTanks

General news - posted Thursday, November 2, 2017 (6 months ago)

Dinsdag, 31 Oktober, heeft een delegatie van iTanks, een kennis- en innovatieplatform voor havengerelateerde industrie, een werkbezoek afgelegd aan het LEO Center for Service Robotics op de Universiteit Twente. Het werkbezoek stond in het teken van de la... read more

Inspirerende Ingenieurs, Geert Folkertsma!

RaM in the press - posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

Het Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs (KIVI) presenteert op 8 oktober, tijdens het Weekend van de Wetenschap, ingenieurs die vertellen over de bijzondere projecten waar ze mee bezig zijn, waar ze hun inspiratie vandaan halen en wat ze ermee willen bere... read more