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Department of control engineering and system analysis

The research activities of the SAAS group are essentially oriented in two directions:
- Supervision and fault diagnosis of technical systems based on mathematical models
- Advanced control of nonlinear dynamic system subject to constraints, with emphasis on reference governor methods
The developed methods are applied to a wide range of areas including:
- Electric energy production, distribution and storage
- Mechatronics (UAVs and robotics)
- Industrial processes


Robotic Bricklayer: a multi-robot system for sand-lime blocks masonry

In this project we will design and develop an innovative concept for the automatic bricklaying of sand-lime bricks. The robotization of this activity poses a series of fundamental methodological challenges. The first challenge is that the weight of the blocks and the typical distance at which the blocks must be placed makes the classical robotic assumption of “rigid-manipulator” unreasonable. Accordingly we will study a “soft-robotic” mechanical design, together with a suitable sensing equipment and control law.  The second challenge in this project is the design of safe and effective control solutions to perform the construction task. The correct placement and alignment of each block will be done through a combination of position and force control. A prototype will be developed for laboratory tests.