Dirk Lefeber

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In the growing fields of wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, prosthetics, and walking k robots, variable stiffness actuators (VSAs) or adjustable compliant actuators are being designed and implemented because of their ability to minimize large forces due to shocks, to safely interact with the user, and their ability to store and release energy in(More)
I n the growing fields of wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, prosthetics, and walking robots, variable stiffness actuators (VSAs) or adjustable compliant actuators are being designed and implemented because of their ability to minimize large forces due to shocks, to safely interact with the user, and their ability to store and release energy in(More)
Probo is a huggable animal-like robot, designed to act as a social interface. It will be used as a platform to study human robot interaction (HRI) while employing human-like social cues and communication modalities. The robot has a fully actuated head, with 20 degrees of freedom, capable of showing facial expressions and making eyecontact. The basic facial(More)
Variable Impedance Actuators (VIA) have received increasing attention in recent years as many novel applications involving interactions with an unknown and dynamic environment including humans require actuators with dynamics that are not well-achieved by classical stiff actuators. This paper presents an overview of the different VIAs developed and proposes(More)
In this paper a novel rotational actuator with adaptable compliance is presented. First the importance of adaptable compliance for bipedal walking is explained, and then a number of comparable designs are given with their possible drawbacks. The MACCEPA concept and design is described in detail. The formula to calculate the generated torque is derived. It(More)
This paper reports on the bipedal robot Lucy which is actuated by pleated pneumatic artificial muscles. This novel actuator is very suitable to be used in machines which move by means of legs. Besides its high power to weight ratio the actuator has an adaptable passive behavior, meaning the stiffness of the actuator can be changed on-line. This allows to(More)
This paper reports on the second generation of the Pleated Pneumatic Artificial Muscle (PPAM) which has been developed to extend the life span of its first prototype. This type of artificial was developed to overcome dry friction and material deformation which is present in the widely used McKibben type of artificial muscle. The essence of the PPAM is its(More)