Open Labs 2012

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This event takes part in the European Robotics Week, November 26th-December 2th 2012.
A week with more than 500 robotics events in the whole Europe and 122 in Italy!

Open Labs in Campus Leonardo and Bovisa


December 1st 2012

The event opens the Robotics laboratories at Politecnico di Milano to the public: media, researchers, industry, students, and families.

The event is free but registration is required at :

The Program

Morning at Campus Bovisa

Afternoon at Campus Leonardo

Presentations at "Sala Consiglio di Dipartimento di Meccanica"
Via La Masa, 1 - Milano (Italy)

Presentations at “De Donato” room S01 Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 - Milano (Italy)

Prof. Umberto Cugini - VPLab
Prof. Francesco Braghin - M&SSLab

Prof. Gianantonio Magnani, chairman of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB)
Prof. Andrea Bonarini - AIRLab
Prof. Paolo Rocco - MERLIN
Prof. Giancarlo Ferrigno - NearLab
Prof. Guido Baroni - CARTCASLab


Visits at the open Labs M&SSLab and VPLab

Visits at the open Labs AIRLab, CARTCASLab, MERLIN and NearLab.

Registration required: click here for the registration form.
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List of Demonstrations

M&SSLab Demonstrations, Via La Masa, 1

  • Working with robots: a robotic platform explores the environment, interacts with humans and adjusts trajectories to avoid moving obstacles and attain the desired goal
  • Robotic painter: combining a parallel kinematic robot with a webcam and adding a little bit of imagination through numerical algorithms, it is possible to generate an artistic portrait as well as a fantastic landscape

VPLab Demonstrations, Via La Masa, 1

  • Touch invisible tiles: the application allows people to touch tiles that exist only in the virtual world. People can change color, textures and haptic feedback of virtual tiles. The application was initially developed for visually impaired people.
  • Virtual Washing Machine: the application allows people to use a virtual washing machine. They can use a 6 DoF haptic device to open and close the front door and the drawer containing the soap of the washing machine, they can turn a knob to set the washing program and push a button to start it.
  • Haptic Guidance Device: the application is based on a haptic tool is used to assist unskilled people with specific disorders, as for example people with problems in controlling muscle movements, to hatch and cut shapes made of foam material.
  • Space planning: the application consists of an Augmented Reality environment allowing people to place virtual pieces of furniture into a physical room.

AIRLab Demonstrations, Via Ponzio 34/5

  • Jedi trainer: a flying drone will train Jedi Knights to use their light saber. A robogame engaging an autonomous robot and a person in a lively action.
  • TiltOne: a balancing robot offering biscuits, an example of service robot to be used as personal assistant.
  • Learning humanoid: a Nao robot learning concepts from the images he can see with its camera.
  • Sympabot: a robot showing emotional expressions

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MERLIN Demonstrations, Via Ponzio 34/5

  • A real industrial robot in action: you will see how a human can take a bulky and massive robot by the hand and move it around without effort.
  • Is a real industrial robot dangerous? Yes it is, but if it can 'see' you, it will stay away from you. See what the robotics research is studying to improve safety of the robots through perception of the environment.
  • Robotics research can also be fun. You will have the chance to move a real industrial robot with a Wiimote control and to have it recognize your gestures. Commercial devices are used in research labs, too, since new interaction modes with robots will be more and more used in the future.
  • Have you ever seen a robot with two arms? You will have the chance to see in action a prototype of a lightweight dual arm robot. Coordinated motion of the two arms will be demonstated: will the robot be able to carry a balloon with its hands and not make it burst?
  • Some robotic arms can make the same motion of the hand in many different ways, like we do with our hands. Have you ever noticed that our arm has more joints than those strictly necessary for position and orientation of the hand? You will watch the dual arm prototype moving in different ways, one of them is the way the human moves. After watching, you will be asked to guess which one is the "human-like" motion.
  • Crossing our arms is a natural operation for us, while it can be difficult for dual arm robots, where each arm must not hit the other one. It is even more difficult if each arm can start its motion at any time, without synchronizing with the other one. See if the dual arm robot is able to cross the arms without self-collisions.
  • Surveillance cameras can be used in a robotic cell to detect people who enter the space near the robot. Sophisticated software can track the subject and follow her/him while walking around. See if the cameras are able to catch and follow you.

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Nearlab Demonstrations, Via G. Colombo 40

  • A demonstration of the feature of a lightweight robot will be performed; kinematic redundancy, gravity compensation and impedance control will be showed and the user will interact with the robot device.
  • Teach the robot how to write your name! The user will guide by hand a cooperatively controlled lightweight robot along a chosen trajectory. Then the recorded path will be autonomously executed by the robot.
  • Move the robot using an haptic interface. The lightweight robot will follow the joystick motion.
  • Automatically plan the safest electrode trajectory into the patient brain for epileptic patients.
  • A passive arm exoskeleton for weight relief integrated with a neuroprosthesis driven by muscular contractions to support arm movements will be shown. The platform aims at assisting people affected by neuromotor diseases during daily life activities.
  • A virtual reality environment integrated with a passive arm exoskeleton for the rehabilitation of neurological patients.
  • A set-up for EMG-based visual-haptic biofeedback during upper limb motor tasks will be shown. The tool aims at improving motor control in movement disorders, providing the subject with augmented sensory feedbacks about the ongoing movement.

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CARTCASLab Demonstrations, Via G. Colombo 40

  • Planning robot motion in challenging environment: robot trajectory planning supported by simulation SW (Kawasaki K-Roset) in challenging environment (clinical) with strict safety issues.
  • Demonstrative videos of robotic application for in-room imaging in high-precision radiation therapy
  • Demonstrative videos of robotic tumor tracking (CyberKnife system with Synchrony module).

Robotics@POLIMI 2011: A video of the past event.