Robotics Revisited

In the 1980s, CSL solved two significant problems in robotics.

Robots with Flexible Joints
Algorithms developed at CSL solved the difficult problem of controlling robots with flexible joints. Later, a second solution to the flexibility problem was implemented in industrial robots, including a robot project at the German Aerospace Center.

Teleoperation
Researchers found a solution to a 25-year-old robotics problem - how to prevent force-reflecting teleoperators from becoming unstable when even a small time delay exists in the communication channel.

In a standard teleoperator system, signals are communicated between a master robot and a slave robot. If the signal must be sent over a long distance, creating a time delay, the system becomes unstable.

CSL's solution aided in the control of different types of robots, including space-based and underwater robots.