Michael Jäntsch

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— The human body was not designed by engineers and the way in which it is built poses enormous control problems. Its complexity challenges the ability of classical control theory to explain human movement as well as the development of human motor skills. It is our working hypothesis that the engineering paradigm for building robots places severe limitations(More)
Major progress in robotics turns today's humanoid robots into ever safer, more robust, and more agile agents by the moment. However, it is still a long way until robots can safely operate in open environments. Especially in the area of service robotics, the need arises for robots to work flexibly in a human centered environment. One way towards this goal is(More)
Anthropomimetic robotics differs from conventional approaches by capitalizing on the replication of the inner structures of the human body, such as muscles, tendons, bones, and joints. Here we present our results of more than three years of research in constructing, simulating, and, most importantly, controlling anthropomimetic robots. We manufactured four(More)
The control of tendon-driven and, in particular, of anthropomimetic robots using techniques from traditional robotics remains a very challenging task [1, 2]. Hence, we previously proposed to employ physics-based simulation engines to simulate the complex dynamics of this emerging class of robots [3] and to use the simulation model as an internal model for(More)
The development of increasingly complex robots in recent years has been characterized by an extensive use of physics-based simulations for controller design and optimization. Today, a variety of open-source and commercial simulators exist for this purpose for mobile and industrial robots. However, existing simulation engines still lack support for the(More)
In the long history of robotics research, the most prominent problem has always been, to develop robots that can safely operate in human-centered environments. One way towards the goal of a safe, and human-friendly robot, is to incorporate more and more of the flexibility that can be found in humans, by mimicking the internal mechanisms. In this work we(More)
In this paper, we present a new design methodology for automotive applications, combining the strength of model-based design using MATLAB/Simulink and virtual prototyping using SystemC. The design flow starts from an automotive application modeled in MAT-LAB/Simulink. By including a vehicle model, testing and debugging of the desired application is(More)
The control of tendon-driven robots using techniques from traditional robotics remains a very challenging task that has been so far only successfully achieved for small-scale setups comprising exclusively revolute joints [1, 2]. Hence, we propose a fundamentally different approach. Instead of deriving an analytical robot model using either the Newton-Euler(More)
The soft robotics approach is widely considered to enable human-friendly robots which are able to work in our future homes and factories. Furthermore, achieving the smooth and natural movements of humans has become a hot topic in robotics, especially when robots are supposed to work in close proximity to humans. The anthropomimetic principle aims at(More)
— Anthropomimetic robotics differ from conventional approaches by capitalizing on the replication of the inner structures of the human body, such as muscles, tendons, bones and joints [1]. Prominent examples for this class of robots are the robots developed at the JSK laboratory of the University of Tokyo and the robots developed by the EU-funded project(More)