Development of a modular robot system

Modular robot example: Schunk Powerball LWA-4P


Deploying industrial robots for production means spending vast amounts of money, such that modular robot systems are more and more sought after. Using modular parts, it would possible to generate robot systems which are adaptable to many different tasks, therefore reducing costs. The disadvantage with traditional robots is that even for small production adjustments the whole application needs re-evaluation and re-calibration. With modular robot systems, we automatically evaluate and choose the optimal configuration of modules in case of task changes. Module parameters are stored onto the robot modules and can be automatically retrieved by a central unit, such that a modular robot is able to self-calibrate and able to generate its own controller.

This video from the preceding project shows our central controller concept.

This is a joint research project with BAM Maschinenbau GmbH and is part of the German Zentraler Innovationsprogramm für den Mittelstand „ZIM“. 


  • Stefan Liu
  • Matthias Althoff

Student Projects

If you are interested in this research project, please contact Stefan Liu to discuss possible topics for a Bachelor or Master thesis.


  • WS 2017/18 "Build your own robot", Master Practical Course, 10 ECTS

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