Human-Mechatronics Interaction

In the context of human-oriented technology, mechatronic systems enable the development of user-friendly human-machine interfaces. Sensors and the associated data evaluation allow among others for intuitive visualization of processes and their diagnosis, while the intelligent combination of actuators and control systems makes it possible to manipulate the perception of a product.

At IMS we investigate the comfort of driving maneuvers such as launching or gear shifts and explore their perception using studies with test persons. To map real driving behavior and the associated human-mechatronic interaction, we use a combination of an active passenger cell and a virtual environment. We also investigate the reduction of unwanted vibrations by active systems, since structures get more susceptible to vibrations due with increasing lightweight construction.

In the field of robotic systems, human-mechatronic interaction also plays an important role: direct cooperation between humans and robots can relieve the former and increase efficiency. This change implies the need for novel safety concepts and human-oriented mechatronics. For this purpose, we are researching novel assistance systems aimed at intuitive handling of robotic systems while considering requirements for robustness and safety. Our research activities address, among other things, the planning, control and optimization of robot movements, taking into account the interrelationships between safety, human-mechatronic interface and ergonomics.