Partnerships

DLR Robotics & Mechatronics Center

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The DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Oberpfaffenhofen (Former Prof. Hirzinger institute), near Munich in Germany, is one of the worlds leading robotics laboratories now led by Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schaeffer. After spending his post-doc time at Oberpfaffenhofen, Andre Schiele established a close MoU between DLR RM and ESA's then newly founded Telerobotics Laboratory, in order to merge the two main competences of DLR in technology and ESA in implementing spaceflight programmes. Jointly, ESA's Telerobotics team and DLR RM's researchers have created the SUPVIS-JUSTIN experiment, which is due to be conducted on-board ISS in a 2016/2017 time-frame as part of ESA's METERON programme.

 

NASA Johnson Space Center

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Since the establishing of the Telerobotics Laboratory, a close bottom-up research and working relationship exists between the robotics department (Prof. Dr. Rob Ambrose) and our laboratory. We have jointly worked on new robot middleware solutions (e.g. RAPID) in order to link the ESA exoskeletons with robonaut. We have focussed on developing real-time compatibilty, determinism and an suitable interface for teleoperation. The exoskeleton-robonaut activity is planned to lead to the first in space master-slave teleoperation, once the new ESA flight exoskeleton will enter ISS in a 2017 timeframe.

 

NASA Ames Research Center

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Since the onset of our Laboratory, we closely collaborate with the robotics group of Dr. Terry Fong, on robot middleware concepts (e.g. RAPID) and on defining new experiments to be conducted from on-board the International Space Station. Terry's group is strong in 'autonomy' software and has been a key driver behind many tools used in NASA Mars Exploration Missions.

 

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

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NASA GSFC hosts the NASA Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office run by Benjamin Reed, which focusses on establishing technologies and mission demonstrations to verify on-orbit robotic servicing, probably the most challanging target application of space robotics. The centre houses the Robotic Operations Centre which is jointly operated with University of Maryland, which is a high-tech robotics laboratory that brought forth the technologies and mission operations of the NASA Robotic Refuelling Mission (2011) and the Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test (2014).

 

University of Maryland, Space Systems Laboratory

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The famous space systems laboratory has brought forth many a robot prototype, such as the RANGER arm or the MGA exoskeleton being developed by Dr. Craig Carignan. We have jointly organized some workshops on upper-extremity exoskeletons to gather researchers from this difficult domain of mechatronic, control and system design.

 

University of Tohoku, Space Robotics Laboratory

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We maintain close links with the laboratory of Prof. Yoshida, who performs highly interesting research in space robotics related with mobility as well as with robotic manipulation. Moreover, Dr. Schiele was a visiting scientist to the 'space machines laboratory' (former Prof. Uchiyama laboratory), which is now part of the Space Robotics Laboratory to research on controllability of underactuated redundant parallel mechanisms. 

 

TU Delft, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

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The 3mE Faculty is the hosting faculty also for the academic work of Dr. Schiele, where he holds an position as Associate Professor. In particular, the laboratory is tightly coupled with the Biomechanical Engineering Department (Prof. Dr. Veeger). We work jointly, on a daily basis, with the section on Biomechatronics & Human-Robot Systems (Prof. Dr. van der Helm), the section of Biorobotics (Prof. Dr. Wisse) and look forward to more closely collaborate with our new colleague Prof. Dr. Gavrilla who holds the new chair for cognitive robotics & intelligent vehicles. 

 

TU Delft Space Institute

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Since Dr. Schiele was one of the founding members of the DSI, we maintain close working relationships with the institute. Multiple new initiatives are initiated at the institute and supported by research at ESA. Dr. Schiele is team-lead of the space institutes theme of 'space robotics'. The institute is headed by Prof. Dr. Gill, chair of space systems engineering at the Aerospace Faculty of TU Delft.

 

TU Delft Robotics Institute

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Once of the key successes in the past 5 years achieved through TU Delft and with support of our laboratory is the rising of the TU Delft Space Institute, which now spans approximately 150 researchers in all domains of robotics. THe institute is continuing to grow and to attract the best talent, entrepreneurs and researchers and we are proud that we have come such a long way. 

 

TNO

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TNO Delft focuses research efforst in maritime and offshore robotics, which is a new field we are interested to explore and to support. 

 

Silicon Valley Robotics

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The Silicon valley robotics inititative is a platform to join researchers within the silicon valley network. 

 

Delft RoboValley

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The Delft robotvalley initiative is a new platform launched via TU Delft valorization centre to strengthen the economic impact robotics will have in the Netherlands.  

 

Mathworks

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Some of our laboratories tool-chain is based on products and services offered by Mathworks. We are happy to be in close relation and to discuss product ideas and improvements with the company to better serve the robotics needs.

 

RTI

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Having been the most early implementors of RTI's DDS to real-time telerobotics, we have created close working relationships with RTI, a fast-growing and high impact company in the silicon valley expected to significantly shape the Internet of Things, Industry 4.o or the fourth industrial revolution, offering highly advanced solutions for communication between everything.

 

Paccus

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Since recently, we have started supporting PACCUS in their development of a new high-rel haptic feedback joystick for industrial and special use cases. Having an innovative electro-hydraulic drive-train, this device can finaly deliver a product to the market that can enable high quality force feedback at a small form-factor. We are supporting this highly innovative small company with advice in mechatronic design, control and hardware identification. 

 

Dell

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We flew the first European Tablet PC into space. A Dell Latitude 10 is now operated on-board ISS and Dell was highly cooperative and supportive in qualifying this product for all challanging medical, electromechanical and launch environments that are applicable when bringing hardware into space. The Tablet functions spotlessly since 2014 in space!

 

Allseas

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The highly innovative research and innovation department at Allseas is supporting our research at TU Delft as a member of multiple industrial review consortia. We are happy to receive challanging research application areas through them, for which we can develop technologies from space that can bring value down to Earth. Moreover, we are happy to educate top engineers which can deliver competence to important European industry.