Complex Dynamical Systems (CDS) – Automation & Control Institute

Complex Dynamical Systems  (CDS)

The Complex Dynamical Systems group does research in the field of modeling, simulation, analysis, optimization and control of complex dynamical systems as well as in image processing, sensor fusion, and cognitive robotics. The primary goal of our research is the improvement of the system behavior in view of the dynamic properties, the accuracy, the robustness, the reliability, the flexibility, the productivity, the overall equipment efficiency (energy, resources) by reducing the product costs at the same time.

Furthermore, we develop methods and algorithms which give the systems a certain degree of cognitive skills. A special focus is placed on machine vision methods and sensor fusion to perceive structures and objects such that robots and machines can, to a certain extent, act independently and can learn from experience. This paves the way to highly flexible manufacturing systems with robots as intelligent tools and to new service robots in different areas of life. In this context, our core expertise is on safe navigation, 2D and 3D attention, object modelling, object class detection, affordance-based grasping, dynamic collision-free real-time path planning, system optimization, as well as adaptive and learning control.

The philosophy of our research activities is a systems approach. Thereby, the design of complex dynamical systems requires a systematic analysis and a deep understanding of all interrelationships between the construction, the sensor and actuator elements, and the implementation of information technology and automatic control utilizing the possibilities of modern machine learning methods and adaptive control strategies. Generally, we put large emphasis on a systematic physics-based modeling and we utilize this model information together with suitable data-based concepts for the system analysis and the system design. Moreover, meeting strict real-time requirements and questions on robustness and reliability also play an important role in our research activities.

Nonlinear Systems

The research field Nonlinear Systems is concerned with the development of methods, and the practical implementation of observer and control strategies for systems with significant nonlinear behavior. Similar to other fields of research, a focus lies on the practical implementation of the developed controller and observer strategies in a real (industrial) application. Read more →

Industrial Robotics

In the research field Industrial Robotics, research is conducted on many topics related to industrial robotic systems as well as physical human-robot interaction. The considered systems range from classical industrial robots and collaborative robots to mobile robots and flying drones. Solutions are developed for a variety of different problems, ranging from novel programming and interaction concepts to algorithms for complex trajectory planning in highly redundant systems. Read more →

Photonic and Quantum Systems

The research group Photonic and Quantum Systems is dedicated to improve and expand the capabilities of photonic systems on one hand and contribute towards future quantum technologies on the other hand by utilizing methods from mathematical modelling, system analysis, optimization, and control theory. Read more →

Vision for Robotics

We devise machine vision methods to perceive structures and objects such that robots act in and learn from every day situations. This paves the way to automated manufacturing and robots performing household tasks. Solutions develop the situated approach to integrate task, robot and perception knowledge. Core expertise is safe navigation, 2D and 3D attention, object modelling, object class detection, affordance-based grasping, and manipulation of objects in relation to object functions. Read more →

Robotic Systems Lab

Research in the Robotic Systems Lab is focused on new approaches for motion generation and feedback control of various robotic systems ranging from collaborative manipulators, compliant robots, to complex humanoids. Our research builds up on a solid basis of model-based nonlinear control in robotics and we utilize fundamental system properties, such as passivity or the existence of inertially decoupled coordinates, in the controller design. Additionally, we aim for a tailored balance between model-based system design and data-based control approaches for handling phenomena, for which an accurate model is hard to obtain. Read more →

Production Systems

Production systems is the field of research where control engineering methods are applied to and developed for production systems and the manufacturing industry. Objectives like highest product quality, efficient use of resources, cost saving and environmental friendliness are in the focus.   Read more →