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Twente Robotics programme

Human-Centered Robotics
Join us in shaping the robotics society

Robotics is transforming many different industries. It is clear that robotics technology has a huge impact on a broad range of end-users markets and applications, which will continue to grow. In the years to come, robotics will (start to) influence our daily lives in several shapes and forms, including healthcare, agriculture, civil, commercial and consumer sectors, logistics and transport.

At the University of Twente, we are ready to play a leading role in expanding the field of robotics from factories to consumer and service sectors. We are ready to be the linking pin between businesses, governments and users in the further development and growth of robotics technology. We see robotics as a pervasive technology, which can revolutionize our society. In order to achieve this, it needs to blend into our society seamlessly, addressing the challenges it faces in healthcare, daily support and collaborative work. Robotic solutions must co-exist and co-work with people to improve our way of living and wellbeing. That’s why human-centered robotics is our main focus. The interaction between people and robot(s) needs to be both natural, easy to use and adaptable, from fully operated to fully autonomous. And of course, this interaction has to fit the framework of our society, respecting the present boundaries posed by ethics, economics, legal rules, governmental laws and cultural and societal concerns.

This website provides more information about the multidisciplinary robotics programme of the University of Twente. Which has as its main goal to make the Twente region a highly visible, influential and active epicentre for robotics research, development, testing and implementation. Let this be an invitation to work together on this ambition.

WHY THE ROBOTICS PROGRAMME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE?

Broad spectrum of research and technology expertise

More than 15 different research groups at the University of Twente are able to address all main aspects of modern robotics. For the development of integral solutions, they are able to address both technological and nontechnological aspects. The research focusses on the design and use of robots that physically interact with their environment, and with people in those environments. Primary application areas lay within the health sector, robotics for industrial maintenance and inspection, and the public safety and agro domains. A good example in which we use this expertise is the DIH Hero project (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics). A European project which aims to boost innovation and implementation of robotics in healthcare. The project consortium, which is led by the University of Twente (as coordinator), consists of 17 partners spread across 10 European countries. 

European leadership

Our robotics research groups are clearly leading on an (inter)national level. Research in robotics and mechanical systems, rehabilitation and medical robotics, robotic inspection and human-robot interaction, as well as robot ethics and philosophy, has grown beyond the university’s and national boundaries.

This university has a track record in setting the robotics research agenda in Europe and worldwide. SPARC, the biggest civil robotic program in the world, is a partnership between the European Commission and euRobotics; Stramigioli (UT) is leading the research side as Vice President Research of euRobotics. Jonker (UT) is CEO of EIT Digital of the European Institute on Innovation and Technology, a Public Private Partnership between European top universities and the ICT (using) industry; this organization is currently setting up a new international Master on Autonomous Systems.

Integrated cascade of research, development and testing infrastructure

For the development and testing of the next generation (service) robotics, the University of Twente and its partners have all the building blocks available for unique integrated research, development and test facilities. For example:

Via iBotics, these facilities are combined with the facilities of TNO, to optimize our joint offer to the robotics industry. In the near future, other relevant infrastructures will also be available at Twente TechBase, like storage tanks, pipe racks and windmills. 

Unique robotics innovation eco system for societal and economic impact

The University of Twente combines scientific excellence for the development of the next generation robotics with a keen eye for knowledge valorization and social applications. Because of the entrepreneurial spirit and the available support mechanisms, like Novel-T, research results move out of the laboratory into the marketplace. Cooperation between University of Twente and Saxion has shown to be fruitful for existing companies. Research performed at the UT has also shown to be a fertile ground for a growing number of successful start-up companies in robotics. These fast-growing spin-off companies are examples showing the innovation power of this regional eco-system regarding robotics, for example:

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