The research of the group is focused on systems and control methods applied to robotics. The structure of the research activities can be pictured as a matrix structure shown below, where the columns are the robotics application areas and where the rows are the core enabling technologies. The projects are reachable from the matrix, and their positions indicate the focus within the group's research.
One unique and characterizing feature of our research philosphy is the use of the port-based approach in modeling and analysis of systems, i.e. bond graphs, port-Hamiltonian descriptions, process-orientation using CSP process algebra.
Intensive collaboration with Mechatronic Valley Twente and national industries like Philips, TNO, ESA, OCE, Thales, CHeSS exist. The research group has a leading role in the LEO initiative. The LEO centre of service robotics is at this stage a cluster of regional enterprises and groups working in robotics and will have a physical space to display what robotics is and what robotics can be used for in our society. The ambition is to become a reference point for robotics in the Netherlands.
Results of research by our PhD and MSc students also find its way into our software tools for mechatronic design.Via our spin-off company Controllab Products, these results become globally available after some time.