Bio-robotics is a branch of robotics that looks at biology for robot design and application. This includes robots that walk like humans, human-like arms or even an exoskeleton to help people walk. The term bio-robotics opposes conventional industrial robotics, which often heavily relies on control algorithms, stiff and heavy structures, and high-power actuators.
The Biorobotics Lab believes that the challenge for future robotics development lies in safe human-robot interaction. This requires a totally different set of design requirements than the robots for the structured factory environment. Not necessarily at high speeds and position accuracy, but rather sensitivity ("tenderness") and compliance.
The mission statement of the Biorobotics Lab is to develop novel, safe, and efficient robotic systems by looking at biology as a source of design inspiration and as the environment for interaction.