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Luleå University of Technology

Welcome to the Robotics department at Luleå University of Technology! 

The research at the department is specialized on telerobotics and models and algorithms for controlling the motion of robots using geometrical sensors. 

Robotics & Automation is a part of the department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. This multidiciplinary department has a wide competence in computer controlled industrial processes and telecommunications. 

Information regarding our undergraduate education can be found at the CSEE pages and the Electronics and Robotics homepage.  We have also some project proposals in robotics and mathematics and some tutorials on Lasers for Robot Control

We are situated in the town of Luleå in northern Sweden

Mobile Robot Navigation

Our work in mobile robot navigation started with the laser-anglemeter equipped mobile robot "LTT" - the Luleå Turbo Turtle in the eighties. This navigation system has become a major commercial success! We have since continued with indoor navigation using scanning range measuring lasers, the range weighted Hough transform and autonomous map generation. 

Tele-Operation and Semi-Autonomous Robots 

Except for some limited tasks, fully autonomous robots are too difficult a problem to solve today. Therefor we concentrate our work on semi-autonomous robots and teleoperated robots where a human operator performs the difficult scene interpretation and makes the overall decisions while the robot does the simpler lowlevel tasks. As our robots grow more capable they can relieve the operator of more and more routine work. This allows us to create working systems long before we have a fully autonomous robot.  Some interesting links can be found at the TeleRobotics Links Page

We are proposing a Circumpolar Telecooperation Academy for groups in remote areas working with telemedicin, teleoperations etc. 

Range Camera Applications

Some of our projects has employed structured light for range measurements. This is especially useful when the measurement unit has to be small (say in a robot gripper) or rugged. It's less useful for mobile robot navigation as the accuracy is best at short ranges. To be useful in an industrial environment we make good models of the optical properties of the environment - i.e. reflecting surfaces. 


A variant of Teleoperation where the operator instructs another human on what to do rather than commanding a robot. We are investigating technics were a computer controlled pointer allows the instructor to point in the scene. Advantages is that live video rates are not needed for efficient work, still images with supplemental information can be sent over POTS channels. 
Åke Wernersson 
Mats Blomquist 
(PhD student)
Johan Forsberg 
(Industry contact)
Ulf Larsson 
Examensinriktning Robotik och Automation 
(Currently only in Swedish)
Final Year Projects in Robotics   

News and Hot Topics!!

980430: Two new Master thesis projects announced! LuSAR- Luleå SemiAutonomous Robot has been teleoperated from Singapore, Australia and Norway! Photo of autonomous robot The mobile plastering robot has been tested spray plastering in Skellefteå. Photo of plastering robot

Created by Johan Forsberg.
Last modified 2000-10-06 by sr