Active Structures Laboratory, Université Libre de Bruxelles
The Active Structures Laboratory is part of the Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Department of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This laboratory specializes in walking machines, gait control, micro and mini robots, pipe robots, active isolation, and vibroacoustics.
Among the many projects that the Active Structures Laboratory has developed are the Flapping Wing Robots (robots designed with hummingbird-like wings), portable haptic interfaces used for space applications, the sound radiation sensors and SISO feedback control strategy for noise radiation, optical delay lines (ODL) for optical aperture synthetic telescopes (OAST), SAM portable Arm Exoskeletons that use a fully portable haptic device to increase the simplicity and performance of command duties, and the Heli pipe robot.
There are several other projects that this laboratory has undertaken. Some of these are being utilized not only in robotics facilities and institutions, but also in industrial settings and space explorations.
With some of their projects still in the developmental stages, the Active Structures Laboratory hopes and envisions that one day their research and creations will help people with their daily tasks and even replace people in situations where it would be difficult or dangerous for them to go.