ALTAIR research projects
Force control algorithm testbench
Start 1 January 2018
End 31 December 2021
The FORECAST project focuses on benchmarking force control algorithms for robotic locomotion applications such as exoskeletons and humanoids. Force control algorithms allow robots to adapt their movements to the surrounding environment and to delicately (softly) interact with humans. This characteristic is fundamental in the increasingly frequent scenarios of collaboration between human and robot (eg rehabilitative or assistive robotics) or in the case of uncertain environments (eg disaster recovery).
As a result, tools will be developed to help robot designers choose the best force control algorithms and to define standardized metrics for their evaluation.
The FORECAST project is funded by the European Union, Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, through an Open Call issued by the EUROBENCH Project.
The EUROBENCH project aims at creating the first benchmarking framework for robotic systems in Europe.
The Forecast Ecosystem
The Forecast modular mechanical setup to experimentally test force control algorithms.
The Forcast modular electronic interface based on EtherCat communication and a real-time control library running on a RT Linux machine.
Cost: about 1000 euro, power electronics excluded.
A low-cost version of electronics based on embedded hard real-time control library. This will allow researchers across the world to affordably replicate the Forecast benchmarking system.
Cost: about 50 euro, power electronics excluded.
The Graphical User Interface to run our benchmarking experiments (low-cost version)