Robot Development

At AIRlab we develop and implement our robots since 1972, as tools for research and applications. Among the last ones, we mention the autonomous wheelchair RBWC, the team of soccer robots Milan Robocup Team, several bio-inspired robots, an autonomous off-road vehicle (in collaboration with the MERLIN Lab), an autonomous electric car (in collaboration with IRALab) several autonomous robots that can play with people in robogames, a robot to guide people at trade fairs and malls, robots that can show emotion and character, robots for rehabilitation (some of which in collaboration with Phy.Co. Lab and HOC Lab), omnidirectional bases, and flying drones.
The most recent development has brought to the implementation of a modular HW/SW system (R2P – Rapid Robot Prototyping) that enables to assembly the electronics of a robot in few hours. Each HW module implements a functionality for a robot (e.g., motor control, IMU, sensor data colection, WI-FI, GPS, …) and includes an ARM processor that runs a real-time operating system. All modules are connected via CAN bus on which a real-time protocol has been implemented. Modules can also be integrated in the micro-ROS environment that we have developed and that can connect them as ROS nodes to a ROS-based system.
R2P modules are now available from Nova Labs, a spinoff we started in 2015.

Website for a list of robot descriptions:

Contact Person: Andrea Bonarini