Robotic research group Robo@FIT
Laboratory of human-robot communication
The lab focuses on research and experimentation in human-machine communication, and research in the lab focuses on human interaction with robots. The lab is spatially interconnected with a robotic lab, and ground robots are used to various experiments. The lab is further equipped with an extensive set of sensors for sensing the situation in the robot environment, positioning and movement of people and robots, operator gestures etc., as well as a number of specific imaging devices for realizing virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR glasses, Spatial AR and mobile devices).
The robot lab is made up of several detached workplaces and is equipped with mobile robots for land and air movement in both indoor and outdoor environments. There are also laboratories for the development of platforms and electronics, such as the development of the RUDA rescue robot and the laboratory for industrial manipulation for experiments with the industrial manipulator MELFA. The equipment of the laboratory enables to study in the areas of data fusion from different sensors (image, depth, inertial, etc.), measurements and reconstructions in 3D space, planning and navigation of ground and air robots, human interaction with robot, validation of perception technologies in robotic or supervisory systems, etc.
Robotic lab equipment:
- PR2 is robotic research and development platform that combines the mobility to navigate human environments and the dexterity to grasp and manipulate objects in those environments.
- MELFA RV6-SL robotic manipulator workcell. Example of tasks is collecting of known objects that are scattered on the floor. The robot finds them with a sensor, plans motion to collect them and executes the motion.
- Rescue Robot was designed by FIT researchers for search of human beings in damaged houses, debris or avalanches. It is remotely controlled by an operator endowed with a small amount of intelligence to protect itself and to find way back in case of loss of communication. Its modular design of the body and electronics allows full support of the operator and choice of the appropriate set of sensors for the given task.
- Toad platform is outdoor platform with novel 3D Lidar technology. The Toad is focused on development of large-scale SLAM, 3D environment model reconstruction, navigation and exploration.
- Edward (or Ed) is platform assembled for development particular service robotic tasks such as social interaction, transportation, person-following, etc.
- Tyra is UAV platform for large-scale environment mapping, monitoring, inspection, etc.
- TurtleBut2 (or TB2) is experimental laboratory platform designed to service robotics task in indoor environment.
- The robotic lab is further equiped by wide range of tools and devices:
- fully equipped hardware development working place with a modern tools
- common cameras and radars, Kinects, stereo-cameras
- Lidar - SICK LMS 100
- HRI devices (iPads, ThinkPad Tablets, widescreen multi-touch displays ELO 4200L (42") or NEC V-Touch 3210w (32"))
- VR/AR tools (ARvision-3D, i-glasses PC 3D PRO, eMagin Z800 3DVisor, CyberGlove, CyberTouch, Flock of Birds etc.), Microsoft HoloLens