The objective is the development of prototypes based on, but not limited to, vision systems which, with an incremental approach, exploit different robot capabilities oriented to the human presence recognition, human gesture recognition, human movement / arm trajectories replica and complete (physical) tasks learning by imitation.
Both real and virtual robots will be employed in the system development.
Cognitive aspects will be developed according to bio-mimicry approach looking for learning strategies and techniques in the human and animal world.
The research will be focused on the development of structural materials that will be used for the production and characterization of a lightweight exoskeleton. A particular interest will be given to smart materials and systems, in order to develop intelligent three-dimensional structures.
Magnetostrictive materials and shape memory alloys will be considered as promising innovative candidates for this kind of application.
The focus on the production technology will be directed toward the tuning of versatile techniques that will allow the coupling of the materials development with a continuous design of the kinematic and dynamic behaviour of the system.