Robot Environment Interaction Lab

The team’s objective is to focus on the challenging research area enabling intelligent robots to co-operate and interact with humans, surrounding robots and the environment handling and manipulating objects and performing tasks.


In the REINS project, we designed and investigated haptic communicational interfaces (reins) between a human agent and a mobile robot guide. The reins will facilitate joint navigation and inspection of a space under conditions of low visibility (occurring frequently in fire fighting). The focus is on haptic and tactile human robot cooperation as it has been found that a limited visual field and obscured cameras adds to the distress of humans working under pressure.


In the H2020 project FourbyThree, we are part of a consortium that will create a new generation of modular industrial robotic solutions that are suitable for efficient task execution in collaboration with humans in a safe way and are easy to use and program by the factory workers.


Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne
Prof. Kaspar Althoefer
Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara