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This article assesses the present situation of mechatronics in the Netherlands. After a short historical survey, it describes the post–graduate 'Mechatronic designer course', introduced in 1991. It deals with the principles of this course and how these principles have been implemented. Also the activities of the Dutch government in cooperation with the(More)
Obstacle Avoidance for a Mobile Robot A notorious problem in mobile obstacle avoidance is the detection and avoidance of obstacles. This thesis evaluates several well-known methods for controlling the motion of a mobile robot in an unknown dynamic environment. One of these methods, the Global Dynamic Window Approach, is selected and, using a laser range(More)
The paper discusses the integration of an impedance control scheme and a reactive architecturefor structuredcontrol of a manipulatorperforminga dovetail insertion task. Dovetail insertion is a complex assembly task requiring strict tolerance and precise control of contact interaction. Dovetail insertion tasks have been performed at the Department of(More)
This article describes the development of overall control for a robot system which is uscd to milk cows at the cow's own demand, without intervention by the farmer. The focus of the paper is on design of the inner and outer loop control of the robot arm developed especially for this system. The article highlights the milking-cups connection strategy,(More)
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