Here are Some of our scientific research projects
Robotic Rehabilitation-System supporting Diagnosis and Therapy
In the RobExReha project, a robot-based rehabilitation system is developed for the precise diagnosis of existing abilities and the treatment of the upper extremities. The partial or complete paralysis of the arm after stroke severely restricts those concerned to everyday life and work. Re-learning of arm and hand movement is an important step in the therapy, giving the patient more autonomy especially with daily tasks. However, current therapy forms are often insufficient in their execution. For a successful therapy, the frequency of the exercises and applications must be steadily increased. A robotic system can perform excellently. A robotic platform with integrated sensors will be used for patient-machine interaction. The coupling of state-of-the-art Augmented Reality technology with robot control enables the patient to be guided, corrected and evaluated while peforming everyday tasks. The project includes several steps: from a system for scientific applications, to a diagnosis and treatment system for hospitals, to the design of a streamlined physiotherapy system. The system allows stimulation of the nervous system with active support, numerous repetitions and high training intensity adapted to the current abilities of the patient. By this the motoric abilities are to be re-learned quickly and the patient's independence increased.
• BEC GmbH, Pfullingen
• AmbiGate GmbH, Tübingen
• Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung (IPA), Stuttgart
• Schön Klinik Bad Aibling SE & Co. KG, Bad Aibling
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Interactive robotic training systems for physical and cognitive stimulation
Regular physical training offers great potential in the prevention and therapy of degenerative diseases. It makes a decisive contribution to a healthy and self-determined life. Assistance systems, which motivate suitable for training and enable a safe, autonomous training, can provide meaningful support. The aim of the project is to develop a learning robot system that actively mobilizes forces and thus becomes an interactive training partner for humans. Basic skills are developed that enable the robot to perceive the posture, movement and strain of the human being. Based on this, he can adapt to the person and situation. Biomechanical models help to determine the optimal parameters. The development of the human-robot interaction algorithms takes into account that even in unexpected situations there is no overloading or endangering of the human being. The newly developed basic skills can also be transferred to other domestic and professional scenarios and used there sensibly. The learning algorithms and the model-based control make it possible, in particular, to address the physical performance of older persons.
- KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg
- Koordinauten GmbH, Pforzheim
- Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln
- RWTH Aachen
- Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
BMBF Promotional Program:“ Autonome Roboter für Assistenzfunktionen: InteraktiveGrundfertigkeiten“
RWTH Aachen / Intitute for automatic controls / GERMANY
If the position of a tumor varies during irradiation as a consequence of physiological processes, such as by breathing, heartbeat or digestion, the calculation and application of an optimal dose distribution gets more and more complicate. In current medical practice, adjusting the focus range of the radiation beam to the statistical distribution of the position to be destroyed tumor tissue is often practiced. This means an extension of the target region of the irradiation to ensure that the tumor tissue is within in this area all the time. This practice has the consequence that also healthy tissue is exposed to high radiation doses. To overcome this conflict, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from research institutes and the German medical technology companies has formed at the RWTH. Core of the approach is a robot-controlled patient support, allowing to individually compensated tumor motion through the corresponding counter-movement of the table. Thus, the target volume can be reduced and set as close as possible around the tumor.
The development of robot-guided patient bed will be held in cooperation with industrial companies and research institutes, the interdisciplinary contribute their skills. "In recent years we have managed at RWTH to initiate numerous research projects, which are characterized by an interdisciplinary team. Now we have to go one step further and also the fundamental sciences such as mathematics and physics in our research projects with industry to integrate, "said Professor Dirk Abel, director of the Institute of Automatic Control.
Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics / Germany
The “Einstein on Tour” project sponsored by the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Tübingen seeks to introduce Einstein’s theory of relativity directly to students through interactive experiences. Drives generating high- and low-frequency vibrations were added to the gravity chair developed by BEC. Through superposition of the excitation, the phenomenon of Einstein’s gravitational wave can now be experienced.
Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) / Chile
The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is a 6-meter radio telescope for the study the cosmic microwave background, located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The telescope and instrumentation are designed for the investigation of irregularities in the cosmic microwave background and are used to discover clusters of galaxies through the local change in their microwave background caused by the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. BEC was entrusted with this project, which involved the compilation of the complex requirements for the telescope control under extreme conditions (an altitude of 5,200 m, wind speed of 65 m/s, temperatures between -60°C and +40°C), and the implementation phase of the project, with supervision and project management by the control manufacturer.
Max Planck Institut / Germany
In the PanoLab at the Max Planck Institute, experiments are conducted on spatial perception, spatial orientation and perception-based actions. An important aspect in realistic simulation is the size of the illuminated field of vision. With the large-screen projection in the PanoLab, a simulation of almost the entire human field of vision can be created. BEC was responsible for the construction of projector mounts and the alignment and adjustment of the six high-performance projectors.