Environmental Robotics Laboratory
The Environmental Robotics Lab (ERL) and the Chair of Air Quality and Particle Technology (APT) are looking for a motivated and creative student for a Master’s degree project or Master’s thesis at the intersection of robotics and environmental engineering. You will help us to develop robotic solutions to survey bioaerosols in the rainforest in the context of the high-profile XPRIZE Rainforest challenge.
- Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
- Master Thesis
We are exploring the use of aerial robots with inherently soft and elastically deforming elements, possibly with multiple stable points or multiple stiffnesses, to explore inaccessible and often dangerous places.
Electro-static clutches (or electro-adhesive clutches - EACs) are variable capacitors whose electrodes can slide with respect to each other while maintaining a roughly constant out-of-plane spacing. The transition between the jammed and the free state of the EAC is controlled with a high-voltage, low-power signal.
Electrostatic clutches can be compact, light, low profile, and flexible, making them well suited to soft robotics applications. EACs have been used for soft or passive, wearable robotics and kinesthetic haptic feedback to block motion in virtual reality gloves.
- Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Other
- Internship, Master Thesis, Semester Project
The main objective of the project is to develop a photorealistic and physics-realistic simulator for haptic quadrotors to interact with a natural environment.
- Intelligent Robotics, Process Control and Simulation, Robotics and Mechatronics, Simulation and Modelling
- Master Thesis, Semester Project