Recent Research Projects

Robotique et mécatronique

2014/15-2018/19 • $850,000 • PI
This research chair aims at developing new families of robots that have the ability to safely and intuitively interact with humans or that are inspired by human mechanics. On one hand, the research program targets the design of assistive robots that can act as co-workers to humans in the...

Synthesis, modelling and experimental validation of dynamically operated robotic systems

2015/16-2018/19 • $308,000 • PI
Despite the tremendous progress of robotic technology over the past few decades, the effectiveness of state-of-the-art robots at performing general tasks in unstructured environments is still far from that of human beings. This is in part due to their limited intelligence and autonomy but also...

Canada Research Chair on Robotics and Mechatronics

2010/11-2014/15 • $950,000 • PI
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Synthesis and prototyping of advanced robotic mechanical systems

2010/11-2014/15 • $410,000 • PI
Robotics has progressed very rapidly over the last decade. New applications for robots continue to emerge in many areas. These new applications constantly redefine the requirements on robotic mechanical systems and bring new challenges to robotics researchers. The proposed research program aims...

Performalism - form and performance in computational architecture and fabrication

2011/12-2013/14 • $190,860 • PI,CO
PERFORMALISM Form and Performance in Computational Architecture and Fabrication Performalism aims to transform the way architects, designers and engineers approach building construction. The proposed research partnership will implement a customized fabrication technology in order to produce...

Development of advanced robotic systems for human augmentation

2010/11-2011/12 • $452,780 • PI
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Patents

PARALLEL MECHANISM WITH KINEMATICALLY REDUNDANT ACTUATION

A parallel mechanism comprises legs with kinematically redundant actuation for a parallel mechanism. Each of these legs comprises a first sub-leg and a second sub-leg, each said sub-leg comprising a proximal end and a distal end. A link has a proximal end and a distal end. A joint with a rotational degree of freedom (DOF) is between and common to the distal ends of each of the first sub-leg and the second sub-leg, and the proximal end of the link. A joint provides at least two rotational...
Related applications: WO2015CA50410

STATICALLY-BALANCED MECHANISM USING HALBACH CYLINDERS

A mechanism comprises a first Halbach cylinder having an inner cavity, the first Halbach cylinder magnetized to produce a first magnetic flux concentrated circumferentially inside the inner cavity. A second Halbach cylinder is concentrically received in the inner cavity of the first Halbach cylinder to concurrently form a rotational joint having a rotational axis. One of the Halbach cylinders is a rotor and the other of the Halbach cylinders is a stator, the second Halbach cylinder...
Related applications: WO2016CA50891, EP20160829541

PARALLEL MECHANISM WITH KINEMATICALLY REDUNDANT ACTUATION

A spatial parallel mechanism comprises a platform. Three or more legs configured for extending from a base or ground to the platform, each leg has a distal link, one or more distal joint providing one rotational degree of freedom (DOF) about a distal rotational axis, the distal joint connecting a distal end of the distal link to the platform. A proximal joint provides at least two rotational DOFs at the proximal end of the distal link. Assemblies of joints and links provide DOFs to each said...
Related applications: WO2020CA50264