How people and robots control their grip

Pour a cup of tea – no problem? How can you simultaneously hold a heavy teapot and pour it precisely, without spilling anything? Scientists all over the world are investigating how people use their senses to monitor and coordinate their hands and grip. This knowledge forms the basis for the development of technical gripping systems – the “robot hands“. International experts will present new findings in this area on Monday and Tuesday, 27 and 28 May at the Symposium „Manual Intelligence“ at Bielefeld University.

The hosts of this event are the research groups “Neuroinformatics“ and “Neurocognition and Action – Biomechanics“ from the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University.

Central themes of the symposium are firstly cognitive processes, i.e. thoughts and their function – from perception to memory and control of human actions. Speakers also present their current research on controlling humanoid robot hands and technical systems for gripping behaviour.

The understanding of such processes is of central importance to the Center of Excellence CITEC, in view to equip technical systems with cognitive abilities similar to humans. The aim is to develop systems, which can interact safely and seamlessly with humans. The symposium “Manual intelligence is part of a series of congresses and workshops at Bielefeld University on the theme of movement control of people and robots as well as cognition.

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Dr. Dirk Koester, Bielefeld University
Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics
Telephone: 0521 106-2420