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.
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.