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Robotics Research Group


About the Robotics Research group

The Robotics Research Group belongs to the Mechanical Engineering department, where it can profit from interactive research cooperations with groups in control, optimization, mechatronics, and production.


Research topics

By application domain


By underlying technology



The video channel of our group can be found here.

A specific playlist on PMA vintage robotics research is available here.

Research projects

Selected current projects

  • EU FP7: RoboHow (2012–2016), Pick-n-Pack (2012–2016), Sherpa (2013–2017), Factory-in-a-day (2013-2017)
  • IWT: MIRAD (2013-2016), OPTIMUS (2013-2015)
  • Flanders Make/IWT: ICON Amprodchain (2015-2017), SBO Yves (2016-2019)
  • FWO: G0B6613, "Motion recognition of rigid bodies using an invariant description of the full three-dimensional body motion" (2013-2016)
  • Internal funds: C32/15/023, "Optimized design and control of an unmanned aerial vehicle capapble of vertical take-off and landing", CargoCopter Project (2015-2017)
  • IWT: "Drones in de logistiek" in collaboration with VIL (2015-2016)

Selected past projects


Strategic partnerships


KU Leuven
Robotics Research Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Division PMA
Celestijnenlaan 300b - box 2420
B-3001 Heverlee (Leuven),

Contact: Prof. J. De Schutter