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Automation, 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 

Code Science Field
2.03  Engineering and Technology  Mechanical engineering 
Robot assistants, automation, biocybernetics, robot learning, physiology, humanoid robots, robot compliance, robotic assistive devices
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (44)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54322  PhD Edwin Johnatan Avila Mireles  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2021  14 
2.  20216  PhD Jan Babič  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  294 
3.  34707  Robert Bevec  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2015 - 2019  21 
4.  39918  Mišel Cevzar    Technical associate  2017 - 2018  19 
5.  32523  PhD Urša Ciuha  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2015 - 2021  97 
6.  37551  PhD Jernej Čamernik  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2018 - 2021  33 
7.  52333  Rosana Černelič    Technical associate  2018 - 2019 
8.  28474  PhD Tadej Debevec  Sport  Researcher  2015 - 2021  370 
9.  33646  PhD Miha Deniša  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  49 
10.  38208  PhD Miha Dežman  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  37 
11.  55069  Benjamin Fele  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2021 
12.  34955  Damjan Fink    Technical associate  2015 - 2016 
13.  54689  Jason Thomas Fisher  Neurobiology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  12 
14.  25638  PhD Andrej Gams  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  235 
15.  38312  PhD Timotej Gašpar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2015 - 2021  29 
16.  38477  Rok Goljat    Technical associate  2017 - 2018 
17.  50499  PhD Marko Jamšek  Systems and cybernetics  Junior researcher  2017 - 2021  23 
18.  04038  PhD Igor Kovač  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  173 
19.  36333  PhD Aljaž Kramberger  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017  22 
20.  08948  PhD Jadran Lenarčič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  470 
21.  32769  PhD Nejc Likar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2018  25 
22.  53767  Zvezdan Lončarević  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2019 - 2021  27 
23.  52387  Matevž Majcen Hrovat    Technical associate  2021  14 
24.  51232  Matija Mavsar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  14 
25.  33333  PhD Adam Charles McDonnell  Neurobiology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  140 
26.  14676  PhD Igor Mekjavić  Cardiovascular system  Head  2015 - 2021  1,275 
27.  54681  Luka Mišković  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021 
28.  52053  PhD Tinkara Mlinar  Cardiovascular system  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  25 
29.  00118  PhD Bojan Nemec  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  289 
30.  55794  Peter Nimac  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2021  17 
31.  39154  PhD Rok Pahič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2016 - 2021  36 
32.  34573  Luka Peternel  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2015  39 
33.  30885  PhD Tadej Petrič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  196 
34.  38102  PhD Zrinka Potočanac  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2017 - 2018  39 
35.  50419  Primož Radanovič    Technical associate  2021  10 
36.  52496  Joshua Royal  Public health (occupational safety)  Technical associate  2019 - 2021 
37.  03327  PhD Anton Ružić  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  60 
38.  51693  Mihael Simonič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2018 - 2021  49 
39.  39155  PhD Alexandros Sotiridis  Cardiovascular system  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  25 
40.  50590  MSc Viktor Stefanovski  Systems and cybernetics  Junior researcher  2017 - 2018 
41.  11772  PhD Aleš Ude  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2015 - 2021  472 
42.  03264  Bogomir Vrhovec  Systems and cybernetics  Technical associate  2015 - 2021  60 
43.  34457  PhD Rok Vuga  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  19 
44.  03332  PhD Leon Žlajpah  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  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 focus of our research programme group over the next five-year period will be the development of the next generation of robot systems and smart cyber-physical systems (CPS), comprising networks of computational elements controlling a variety of physical entities, thereby providing a platform for the development of new products and production processes. Our principal aim is to improve the quality of life, both at work and at home. We will work on the development of autonomous cognitive robots and robot assistants, capable of interacting with, and assisting their human partners. Current generation industrial robots can successfully operate in known environments that rarely change. They are usually well separated from humans. Significant advancements in various robot technologies are needed to develop the next generation of robots that can work in dynamic environments and in collaboration with people in a range of environmental conditions. Our research will raise the technology readiness level in key areas needed for the development of such robots. We will concentrate on robot learning and cognition, compliant human-robot interaction, compliant coupling with the environment, and dual-arm humanoid systems. New user interfaces that support human-robot information transfer and collaboration will be developed. Besides these basic technologies, our research will focus on new application areas and use cases, including robotic assistants in manufacturing (few-of-a-kind production) and assistive robotic devices in rehabilitation, as well as to support people at work. Our research goals are among the biggest challenges of modern science, and are therefore at the center of robotics programs in Horizon 2020. The planetary habitat simulation facility, which we developed in the preceding period with support of European Space Agency, will be the focus of our research pertaining to the regulation of ambient conditions to simulate high altitude exposures, space travel and planetary habitats, as well as living and working environments on Earth. It will provide a platform for space life sciences research, with results being immediately applicable to target populations on Earth (i.e. elderly, disabled, chronically ill patients, etc.) specifically addressing the prevention of muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, cardiovascular deconditioning, metabolic syndrome and obesity. The facility will serve as a live-in and living laboratory, which will also be used to test new concepts in the regulation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, with the aim of reducing energy cost, without compromising thermal comfort, well-being and productivity. In the past our group has received substantial funding from the FP7 programme “Cognitive systems and robotics” and “Space”. Our aim is to continue being key participants, and not observers, in the development of breakthrough technologies for the next generation of robots and smart cyber-physical systems.
Significance for science
A gauge of our scientific contributions are the papers published in top international refereed scientific journals, but since our programme group is anchored in the field of production technology, it is equally important that we have ongoing collaborative projects with many Slovene and international industrial partners, and that our contributions to technology transfer have received awards from the Government of Slovenia (Puh Award) and the Slovene Chamber of Commerce. Indeed, much of our work includes R&D of prototype technologies, and is subject to non-disclosure agreements, rendering it impossible to publish/disclose some of our most innovative developments in the open literature.   In the life sciences field we have developed the first hypoxic live-in and living laboratory. Delegations from ESA and NASA have visited our facility, and have provided continued support (ESA, EC) for studies pertaining to prolonged (up to 21 days) exposure to hypoxia and inactivity. Presently we are the only facility in the world capable of conducting such studies, and have hosted teams of international scientists teaming with Slovene scientists to study the effects of hypoxia and inactivity on the musculoskeletal, neuro-humoral, cardiorespiratory, thermoregulatory and digestive systems. Within Slovenia, our biocybernetics group is the only group conducting research in environmental physiology and ergonomics, and is perhaps the most active in the general area of applied physiology. Certainly, our research programme group is the only one in Slovenia, and among very few worldwide, that has focused on the issue of human-robot teaming. This has only been possible due to the support of a critical mass of scientists in these varied fields.   Robotic systems have been successfully utilized in manufacturing, especially in the car industry, for many years. They can be applied to execute complex repetitive tasks, often faster, more reliably, and more precisely than human workers. However, existing technologies still cannot be used in many areas of manufacturing where manual work (in particular for few of a kind production) is used today. This is because the set-up costs for automated systems are high and they fail whenever even minor changes in the production process are made. The main reason for this is the lack of learning, adaptation, and human-robot interaction technologies in the current generation robots. Our programme will contribute to the development of more adaptive robots and automation systems by focusing on human-centered technologies that can: 1) support faster setup times in manufacturing, 2) enable automation of small batch/low volume production, which is the normal mode of operation for SMEs, 3) provide robots with the ability to work in collaboration with people, and 4) contribute to the application of robots in home environments, where they must interact with predominantly technologically illiterate target users.   The development of cognitive robot systems, capable of assisting people in different environments, implies the understanding of humanlike intelligence and is therefore one of the biggest challenges of modern science. This is reflected in a large number of research programs in the area of robotics in Europe, USA, and Japan. The ultimate goal is to develop robots that can operate autonomously and in collaboration with people. Our programme will contribute to the development and integration of key technologies needed by such robots. Among them are more efficient and user-friendly methods for robot learning, advances in robot compliance and contact modeling, where contacts will be used to improve the manipulation abilities of compliant robots. New methods for dual arm manipulation on humanoid robots will be developed, exploiting rich perceptual and manipulation capabilities as well as redundancy of humanoid robots. Here we will enable human-like operation and motion in physical contact with humans. The proposed approaches and me
Significance for the country
Our basic and applied research projects have contributed directly to the research and development, and thus socio-economically, to companies in various areas of industrial endeavour.   The hypoxic facility established in the Olympic Sport Centre Planica is now in the process of being accredited by the European Space Agency as a ground-based research facility. It is a platform for the evaluation of countermeasures offered by Slovene and EU companies. In addition, innovative prototypes have been evaluated during the experimental campaigns ranging from Apps to equipment, and new concepts in medical cloud computing. Companies have also been able to develop new services as a consequence of collaborating in our studies at the Planica facility. We have now embarked on a programme of translational research, applying the knowledge gained during the ESA-supported studies to target patient populations on Earth. For example, industrial partners are supporting our effort to assess whether the altitude anorexia phenomenon can be initiated in normobaric hypoxic facilities, and ultimately harnessed by weight reduction programmes. Research at this facility has also demonstrated the inability of some medical equipment to operate in such environments, and has stimulated further collaborative R&D to remedy such hardware/software issues.   In the past six years of funding we have introduced many of our innovative robotics and automation concepts to Slovene (Droga, Steklarna Hrastnik, RC eNeM, UCS) and international companies (Yaskawa, Japan; Kimberly-Clark, USA; Odelo, Turkey/Germany). We will continue to strengthen these cooperations in the next funding period and will work on broadening our industrial collaborations. The main goal of our research is to transfer state of the art robot technologies into complex production processes where robot technologies and automation could not be used in the past. Our collaboration with Japanese robot company Yaskawa is a big success for Slovene research, and has resulted in the transfer of newly developed robot learning technologies to industrial robots. We foresee that the breakthroughs, which we expect to achieve in the next period regarding the development of robot assistants and robotic assistive devices, will be successfully transferred to Slovene companies, thereby providing them with competitive technological advantage in select manufacturing and other application areas.   Manufacturing in countries like Slovenia is under threat from low wage countries, especially in industries that still involve manual work. Our programme addresses some of the crucial issues in this area. For example, our existing and proposed projects in glass manufacturing aim at achieving robot capabilities needed to enable large introduction of robots and automation in glass forming, an industrial area where standard robots still cannot be used and many production processes are performed manually. Issues such as enabling production of a wider range of larger glass products, the performance of human-intractable operations, reducing the burden of human workers, decreasing energy cost per item produced, etc. are considered. The overall aim is to reduce the overall production costs and allow 24/7 production with the same number of human workers. Achieving constant production by introducing robot operators decreases the amount of energy per unit, an important consideration in an industry where main energy sources for large input furnaces are still fossil fuels. While the problems are not always the same, we have similar goals in our collaboration with industrial partners from other areas including food production, automated assembly, and electronics. Thus our research programme will contribute to the development and retention of advanced manufacturing in Slovenia. At the same time, methodologies needed for the development of robotic assistants in manufacturing are also useful for the development of domestic robots, which is a new and e
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report
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