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Automatics, robotics and biocybernetics

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.10.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Manufacturing technologies and systems   
2.06.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Systems and cybernetics   

Code Science Field
T125  Technological sciences  Automation, robotics, control engineering 
Automatics, robotics, biocybernetics, environmental medicine
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (28)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  20216  PhD Jan Babič  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  294 
2.  26474  PhD Mitja Babič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2006 - 2008  24 
3.  28474  PhD Tadej Debevec  Sport  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  370 
4.  15734  Dušan Filipič    Technical associate  2004 - 2008  13 
5.  25638  PhD Andrej Gams  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  235 
6.  21541  PhD Petra Golja  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2004  307 
7.  29525  MSc Blaž Hajdinjak  Metrology  Junior researcher  2008 
8.  20217  PhD Nives Klopčar  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004  36 
9.  27758  Andrej Kos  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2006 - 2008  111 
10.  30526  PhD Stylianos Kounalakis  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2008  108 
11.  24266  PhD Leon Lahajnar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  16 
12.  08948  PhD Jadran Lenarčič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Head  2004 - 2008  470 
13.  09849  Borut Lenart  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2004 - 2008  39 
14.  04151  PhD Ladislav Lenart  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  94 
15.  14676  PhD Igor Mekjavić  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2004 - 2008  1,275 
16.  00118  PhD Bojan Nemec  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  289 
17.  21549  PhD Damir Omrčen  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2004 - 2008  51 
18.  06654  Jožef Opeka    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
19.  03327  PhD Anton Ružić  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2004 - 2008  60 
20.  01491  PhD Uroš Janez Stanič  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004  262 
21.  29543  MSc Eva Stergaršek Kuzmič  Telecommunications  Junior researcher  2008 
22.  06434  Miha Stopar    Researcher  2004  48 
23.  08016  Danijel Šlebinger  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2004 - 2005  15 
24.  14918  PhD Martin Tomšič  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  73 
25.  11772  PhD Aleš Ude  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2004 - 2008  472 
26.  03264  Bogomir Vrhovec  Systems and cybernetics  Technical associate  2004 - 2008  60 
27.  06655  Janez Zalar    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
28.  03332  PhD Leon Žlajpah  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2004 - 2008  266 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,636 
The main goal is to create new knowledge and to transfer this knowledge to our users in industry, medicine and sports based on the development of original systems and technologies and on various activities in education of different types and levels. The common title of reserach in this group is "man and machine". We investigate the functioning of humans, emphasis is on human motion, from the viewpoint of robotics and automation. We intend to implement these results in the development of advanced production systems and technologies, as well as biomedical devices and methods in medicine and sports. Within the programme, the following principal topics are investigated: - Integration of mobility and manipulation in industrial and service robots Here, we intend to integrate a mobile robot platform and a robot manipulator and equip this system with different types of sensors, including distance sensors, stereo vision, tacktile sensors, force sensors etc. The objective is to develop new methods of control of complex (futuristic) robots, including a whole spectrum from strategic to basic level of control. Special interest will also be given to the design and control of parallel and redundant robot mechanisms. - Humanoid robots Two topics are investigated. First is concerned with the devlopent of a humanoid manipulator, in particular of a humanoid shoulder complex. The biomechanics of human manipulation is studied and the mathematics of humanoid motion will be synthesized. The second topic is related to the detection and validation of human motion by the use of computer stereo vision. The objective is to develop a system of robot teaching by showing. - Human physiology This is a set of research topics in envirnomental and sports medicine with strong application impact, for instance, in biophysical evaluation of shoes, garment and various protection equipment or ergonomic analysis of workplaces in industry. - Development of new biomedical devices and methods Wthin this area we investigate primarily the problems of electrical stimulation. Our functional and therapeutical stimulators are well known worldwide. We develop and transfer in practice different types of electrical stimulators. - Robotics, automation and informatization of production systems The group is traditionally connected with a number of Slovenian industrial companies in advancing their production systems and technologies. In these years we plan to develop new and original production cells and lines.
Significance for science
The basic paradigm of the program is a connection between the human and the machine. It is about the study of human biophysical properties using the methods of automatics, robotics and biocybernetics and for the utilization of this knowledge with the design of modern production systems, technologies and new biomedical devices and methods. All this is possible due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research group, consisting of experts in automatics, robotics, electronics, machinery, physics, mathematics, biocybernetics and physiology. Besides, the programme group is tightly connected with the similarly oriented groups in the world and with complementary groups in Slovenia. This basic paradigm is a novelty in the technical sciences, which are traditionally divided into fields such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering etc. In the last decade, and particularly with the spread of robotics, these fields have begun to overlap and merge. An example of this is mechatronics, which binds together electronics, mechanics and computer science. Even more recent are the efforts to connect research of biological systems with technically oriented research. We have successfully merged the fields of robotics and human physiology. By doing so, we have become one of the leading groups in the world in the field of human temperature regulation. The main advantage of our programme group over other similar groups in the world, is that this integration process has only just recently been adopted by the latter, while we have been steadily building this interdisciplinary consortium for several decades. Our recent findings in the human manipulation and locomotion research initiated a series of new research problems, the solution of which can significantly contribute to the development of a completely new generation of production systems, including human-like properties, biomedical devices and rehabilitation and therapeutical methods in medicine and sport. In the years to come, we expect to contribute a great deal of original research findings to the international scientific community and to introduce new scientifically relevant problems. It is a well-known fact that the electrical stimulation school in Ljubljana is among the pioneers of this field. It is an interesting phenomenon, that despite the many years of development, the use of functional electrical stimulation is still not widespread. However, our electrical stimulators and the methods associated with the stimulators are gradually spreading around the world.
Significance for the country
For sustainable socio-economic and cultural development The topic of our group’s research is closely related to people. Our research merges knowledge about human beings and the applies this knowledge to different activities. The aim of our research is to further economic progress, but the main focus of the research remains Man. We strive for better working and living conditions, for increased concern for the environment, and for reduction of the pollution in the widest sense - material, mental, cultural, etc. We wish to counter the general obsession from bland and self-centred industrial manufacture. We plan to do this by helping to create a factory of the future - an ecologically-friendly and technologically advanced factory, and by creating technological advances, that will improve mankind's quality of life and health. For technological advances Over the past many years, our research team has developed a close cooperation between research and educational institutions, and industrial groups in various fields of endeavour - mainly in the fields of automation, robotics and information. Our inter-disciplinary group has an above-average number of team members because of our broad field of activities. The main goal of our team is to connect and cooperate with the industry, to implement prototype automated and robotized units, to transfer new knowledge and technology into industry, and to develop biomedical devices and methods, such as the application of electrical simulators. All this has a broader impact for our country, as it will raise the general standard of living, it will make a more society-friendly production, and create new goods and new jobs. This will lead towards more ecological production and economy that is more competitive. For strengthening of the national identity and preserving the wealth of natural and cultural heritage The contributions in science, especially in electrical engineering and aviation are a part of Slovene national identity. Our proposed programme focuses on development of our own top knowledge and technology and on economic and scientific interaction with the rest of the world on the equal basis. In this manner we will contribute to strengthening of our national identity and to incorporation of Slovenia in modern international communities.
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