People The teams behind Roboy.
Roboy's TUM team for Summer Semester 2017
Roboy's TUM Team WS16/17
Roboy Junior's Original Team from Switzerland
Roboy's First TUM Team
Founded in March 2015, the Roboy Team is an interdisciplinary society from the Technische Universität München. Comprised of engineers, scientists, and artists who are makers and creatives with a hands-on mentality. The team has come together with the aim of designing and building a new version of Roboy every year.
Current Roboy Teams
Based on Myorobotics and the current Roboy, the Mechatronics team builds the next generation hardware of Roboy.
First, it will make it functional and then apply an awesome design. We strive to implement next generation technologies such as 3D MID, Bio Tensegrity, Procedural Design for 3D printing as well as use soft materials.
At the same time, making the system robust and stable enough so that the control team can have roboy learn – and fail often while doing so.
The goals of the Simulation sub-team is to build up a simulation as realistic as the real world. This will enable faster development of control strategies as they can be tested hardware independent on multiple simulation instances. As well the simulated robot can be utilized for Virtual Reality experiences. Defining a common interface of the simulated and real robot, a fluent switch between both will be possible during controller testing.
In this semester the team implements plugins to imitate muscle behavior and sensors, physically modelling friction and applied forces. To evaluate the plausibility of the developed simulation a bench-marking experiment will be set up afterwards.
The Middleware team is responsible for overall connectivity, including wiring but also the implementation of robust intercommunication strategies. We interface all electronic hardware Roboy 2.0 consists of and provide access and control to other teams.
The Control team is all about operating Roboy by reacting to sensor data with motor commands. Although this may sound simple, highly complex operations can and need to be performed. Sub-teams will work on automating the initialization and calibration process, recording and replaying movements, and estimating the robot’s pose. Further work will involve calculating inverse kinematics (moving into desired pose), dynamics (interaction with forces), and implementing complex locomotion tasks like reaching and walking.
The control team interfaces with the Middleware and Simulation Teams by receiving sensor data from them and sending motor commands. Control also interfaces with Roboy’s Cognition, by providing the robot’s state in the world and receiving higher level control commands, like moving the hand to catch a ball, which then have to be translated into motor commands.
Without Control, Roboy can’t move or interact with anything, which is why it is so important to get it working perfectly this semester.
Cognition Team aims to bring human-like interaction with Roboy. Our focus areas cover computer vision, audio signal processing, organic information storage, dialog management all coupled together under control of the Integrated Commander Unit that serves as the main coordination and logic module.
To realize the Roboy project, we need the support of our sponsors. We are glad that you became an integral part of the next generation of humanoid robots and are looking forward to continue working with you.
Many thanks for the excellent cooperation!