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Biomimic Cobots

The Biomimic Cobots program is led by University of Technology Sydney with three projects that are based at all three partner universities.

This program aims to address the fundamental challenges of enabling robots to work with humans in the conditions Australian manufacturing industry demands, and to build skills and capacity for the future workforce deploying these new technologies.

The goal of the Program is to allow collaborative robots to mimic humans in acquiring perception and awareness, learning, adaptation and manipulation skills. The Program will develop the robot perception, motion planning and learning theory, and algorithms for safe, reliable, adaptive and comfortable human-robot/robot-robot adaptation for tasks such as welding, assembly, inspection, material handling and polishing.

The Program seeks novel solutions to the following research questions confronting Australian manufacturers:

  1. How a robot gains skills and knowledge with no or minimal task-specific programming;
  2. How a robot mimics human sensing and control ability to execute a contact task in achieving the finishing goals;
  3. How a collaborative robot with augmented mobility executes a complex task in a large unconstrained space.

The Program will further develop testbeds embedded with Partner Organisations to validate the research outcomes resulting from each project.

Learn more about the researchers participating in this program.

Teresa Vidal-Calleja

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
University of Technology Sydney
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XiaoQi Chen

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
Swinburne University of Technology
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Peter Corke

Associate Director (Research Training)
Queensland University of Technology
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Marc Carmichael

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Jochen Deuse

Associate Director (Industry Engagement)
University of Technology Sydney
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Robert Fitch

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Mats Isaksson

Chief Investigator
Swinburne University of Technology
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Jonathan Roberts

Centre Director
Queensland University of Technology
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Learn more about the research projects that are part of this program.

Project 1.1: Cobot contact tasks through multi-sensory deep learning

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Project 1.2: Cobots learning by demonstration

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Project 1.3: Cobots manipulation with augmented mobility

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