Invited Research Lecture on Robotic Force Control for Manufacturing and Assembly Operations

Date: 18 Mar 2010 - 18 Mar 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Level 3, Tower Block

Professor Rolf Johansson, Lund University

In this lecture, robotic force control and the results from a joint industry-university project in industrial robotic force control are presented. The extension and implementation of an external sensor system for an industrial robot system, which can be used for high-bandwidth force control, are described. The new functionality provides improved performance and flexibility in industrial robotics by means of sensor integration and feedback control in task-level programming and task execution. Results from three industrial applications using the system are presented; a stub grinding application using a new compliant grinding end-effector integrated with the robot control system, a deburring application with a stiff tool requiring high-bandwidth force control in six degrees of freedom, and a gear-box assembly operation. Using the system, an easily reconfigurable control structure which was able to control contact forces with a sampling bandwidth of an order of magnitude higher than for conventional robot controllers was achieved.

2.00pm: Registration
2.15pm: Presentation by Professor Rolf Johansson
3.15pm: Refreshment and Networking
3.45pm: End

About Professor Rolf Johansson
Professor Rolf Johansson received the Master-of-Science degree in Technical Physics in 1977, the Bachelor-of-Medicine degree in 1980, the doctorate in control theory 1983, was appointed Docent in 1985, and received the Doctor-of-Medicine degree (M.D.) in 1986, all from Lund University, Lund, Scandinavia. He is member IEEE; fellow of the Swedish Society of Medicine; and fellow of the Royal Physiographic Society, Section of Medicine.
Since 1986 he has been with the Dept. Automatic Control, Lund University, where he is currently Professor of control science. In his scientific work, he has been involved in research in adaptive system theory, mathematical modelling, system identification, robotics and signal processing. Since 1987, he has also participated in research and as a graduate advisor at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University Hospital.  He has had the following visiting appointments: Researcher, 1985,  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Grenoble, France;  Visiting Scientist CalTech, CA, June 1997, June 2001; Rice Univ., Houston, TX, May 1998, May 2001; Supélec, Paris, France, June 1998; University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL; UC Santa Barbara, CA,  Aug. 1999; University Napoli Fed II, Italy, July 2000; Guest Professor, NTNU, Trondheim, NO, Aug. 2001; Guest Professor at CIDAC, Univ. Newcastle, Australia, July 2003. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Nov. 2003, Aug. 2004; Hon.Visiting Professor, North China University Science and Technology (NCUST), Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, 2003; Hon. Visiting Professor, Wuhan University Science and Technology (WUST), Wuhan, Hubei, China, 2004; Russell S. Springer Visiting Professor 2004, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid,  Spain, June 2004; Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain, July 2005.

Professor Rolf Johansson was awarded the 1995 biomedical engineering prize (the Ebeling Prize) of the Swedish Society of Medicine for distinguished contribution to the study of human balance through application and development of system analysis and robotics.  In 1993-2002, he was coordinating director in robotics research with participants from several departments of Lund University. He is Assoc. Editor of Int. J. Adaptive Control & Signal Processing since 1999. In 1993 he published the book System Modeling and Identification, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (Information and System Sciences Series Ed. T. Kailath).

Who Should Attend
Senior management, R&D personnel and engineers from aerospace, marine & offshore, electronics and precision engineering industry; academic staff and graduate students.

This lecture is free-of-charge. Pre-registration is required. Please register online by 16 Mar (Tues)

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