"Biomedical Robotics poses new and exciting problems for theory and technology to Robotics and to many other disciplines. Biomedical Robots are expected to be very important for better quality of health care and life for citizens, and they have strong potential for the development of a new and solid industry.
Biomedical Robotics includes the "medical" applications of robotics and mechatronics, such as in surgery, endoscopy, rehabilitation, assistance to the disabled and the elderly, and prosthetics, as well as research and application in more speculative areas, such as the modeling and replication if biological systems."
From: ARTS-Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
"Bio-robotics is our non-official term for robots with biologically inspired designs and/or biology-related applications, for example bipedal walking machines and robotic arms for rehabilitation. With the term bio-robotics we want to oppose conventional industrial robotics, which often heavily relies on control algorithms, stiff and heavy structures, and high-power actuators. We believe that the challenge of robotics of the future lies in safe human-robot interaction. This implies a totally different set of design requirements than for robots for the structured factory environment. Not necessarily high speeds and position accuracy, but rather sensitivity ("tenderness") and compliance. Such requirements motivate us to study biology, not only as the environment that the robot must interact with, but also as a source of design inspiration. Are not the autonomous systems of mother nature the best designs ever?"
From: Delft Bio-robotics Laboratory
Robotics in Humanitarian Demining
"Robotics solutions properly sized with suitable modularised mechanized structure and well adapted to local conditions of minefields can greatly improve the safety of personnel as well as work efficiency, productivity and flexibility. Solving this problem presents challenges in robotic mechanics and mobility, sensors and sensor fusion, autonomous or semi autonomous navigation and machine intelligence. Furthermore, the use of many robots working and coordinating their movements will improve the productivity of overall mine detection processes through the use of team cooperation and coordination"
From: IARP Workshop on The State of the Art of Robotics in Humanitarian Demining
within the Framework of the IEEE ICRA2003, September 15th 2003, Taiwan
Robotics for the Earth/Environment