Control, Robotics, and Systems

Mechatronics brings together the goals of the mechanical engineer and the skills of the electronics engineer. Using actuators to manipulate control structures is at the heart of robotics.

Modern robotics is pushing forward boundaries in a range of new directions. In terms of humanoid robotics, new research is being carried out to develop touch sensitivity, grabbing actions and other human-inspired attributes, but robotics also means objects that can change shape and function, and swarms of bots that work, crawl and fly together.

It is also necessary to provide industry with cutting edge assembly techniques, which require data-driven software for their high levels of mechanization.

Key research themes