Mechatronics offers new possibilities and freedom in design of flexible, innovative, intelligent and user friendly products, machines and systems. Important application areas are vehicles, medical equipment, automation systems and consumer products. The Mechatronics Lab includes two professorial chairs, one in mechatronics and one in embedded control systems.
The activities in mechatronics are organized in one education and two research themes with a group of staff and doctoral students ineach theme.
We offer a number of courses in mechatronics, embedded and applied control, and electrical engineering. Engineering of mechatronic systems is often characterized by large projects, many involved disciplines, extensive teamwork and hence requires qualified project management. For realistic training, many of our courses are therefore project oriented and problem based. A master-level specialization in mechatronics is offered for the programs in Mechanical Engineering, Vehicle technology and Design and product realization.
One research topic is robotics. Here, the focus is on mobile manipulation in in-door applications with focus on grasping and manipulation. In the area of high-precision motion control the focus is on control of telemanipulation and force feedback with application to surgical robots. Based on this research, cooperation has been established with CTV (Centre for Technology in Healthcare); this includes the major research hospitals in Stockholm. The telemanipulation research is now extended to cover also simulation of the slave side to facilitate training in virtual reality. New research in integrated design methodologies for mechatronic systems to facilitate concurrent design and optimization of the electromechanical system and control algorithm is expected to expand into a larger activity.
Embedded control systems research
The main research focus is on architectural design and model based development of embedded control systems. For more information see: