Laboratory for Continuum Robotics
Welcome to the Laboratory for Continuum Robotics at the Center of Mechatronics!
Our research focus lies on continuum robotics. In comparison to traditional robots, continuum robots are not composed of rigid links and discrete joints but characterized by a flexible and compliant backbone structure inspired by nature from elephant trunks, snakes, and tentacles. Thus, continuum robots achieve high dexterity and manipulability. In contrast to serial kinematic chains, the continuous structure allows for miniaturization such that continuum robots have high potential for mesoscopic and microscopic applications.
One of our research areas is the smallest continuum robot: a tubular robot (a.k.a. concentric tube robot). By axial rotation and translation of concentric, elastic tubes made of a shape memory alloy, continuum robots with a diameter comparable to those of medical needles can be realized. More information on our research can be found here.
Yours Jessica Burgner-Kahrs
LKR Team (May 2017)