Department of Robotics 

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Department Profile

Since its establishment in 1989, the department has been focusing on the complex field of robotics - in education, research and science and expert services for practice. According to the current trends the department members concentrate also on the service robotics and robototechnics and on application of robots in non-machinery branches.

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Model of a robot camera head

 

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Model of a mobile robot

The department provides education in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral study with focus on:
  • construction of industrial and service robots, their peripheries and subsystems,
  • design methodology, methods of innovations and design of mechatronics systems, applications of cutting-edge CAD and CAI methods in construction,
  • projection of production system with industrial and service robots, projection of robotized workplaces, reliability and maintenance of such workplaces,
  • mathematical modeling of industrial robots’ kinematics and dynamics, control systems of robots, sensory systems of robots.
The Department of Robotics offers three study programs:
  • In the first graduate bachelor’s study it is the three-year specialization Robotics - Bc. (B.Sc.) degree. The first half of this specialization (three semesters) is common with all the other specializations on Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. From the 4th to the 6th semester, students attend also specialized courses.
  • In the subsequent graduate two-year master’s study it is the specialization Robotics - Ing. (M.Sc.) degree. A variety of courses is available here, to oblige personal profile of each student.
  • In the post-graduate doctoral study (specialization Robotics – PhD. degree), the absolvents master methods of scientific work in the area of applied research and development of industrial and service robots and their applications with considerable use of mechatronics approach to the development of these complex technical systems. In the domain of theory of solving inventor's problems absolvents learn the basic methodical and scientific procedures, in the domain of construction they obtain quite extensive knowledge about design and optimization of mechanical subsystems with computer aid. In the domain of control and sensory systems, emphasis is laid on the up-to-date technical and SW means of control, environment perception and communication with human and in the domain of actuating subsystems it is knowledge of new electric, hydraulic and pneumatic drives and their applications.

Orientation of Science and Research Activities

The remarkable boom of mechanical engineering industry in the region makes demands on specialists in the branches of service robotics, industrial robotics and mechatronics and their research and development capacities. Therefore there is a big call for absolvents of our specialization Robotics and also for cooperation with the team of department’s employees and PhD. students. This concerns not only automotive industry with huge numbers of industrial robots in use (for example Sungwoo-Hitech, Hyundai Nošovice, ABBB robotics), but also development of service robots. The science and research orientation of the department is in correspondence with that.

Currently, the department deals with problems related to detection and emergency robots for rescuers, firemen and pyrotechnists. This research is supported by a grant from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and many of the prominent companies not only from the region participate on it, for example Strojírny Třinec a.s., Fite a.s. Ostrava, THT s.r.o. Polička, ÚJCHBO Příbram, Robotsystem s.r.o. Horní Suchá, Daniševský s.r.o. Polička, Moravský výzkum Brno. Another project is related to light technology and is being solved for Visteon – Autopal. The department has its technical background in the Robotics Centre and also in the recently built Center of Advanced Innovation Technologies of VŠB, mechatronics division, on the university grounds.

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Stress analysis of a part
in Pro/ENGINEER
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Testing of a virtual prototype
(MSC Adams + MATLAB)
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Model of a snake robot
in Pro/ENGINEER

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