LEO, Center for Service Robotics stimulates innovation and business activities in robotics for its members and for the eastern Netherlands.
A number of activities are being utilized including, but not limited to, workshops with end-users (i.e. care professionals), networking events, online platforms for visibilty, providing extra opportunities for subsidies, and participation in regional, national, and international roadmaps and strategic agendas.
Our focus is not on the traditional industrial robots that have been around since the 1960s, but rather on the new generation of robots that is able to interact with people. Our strengths are currently in a number of areas, such as inspection robotics, care robotics, flexible manufacturing robots (cobots, industry 4.0, smart industry), and robotics in agriculture.
Our members are both knowledge institutions, including technical universities and applied sciences universities, and commercial companies. Visit our website for a complete overview.
Depending on your source the definition of a service robot could differ dramatically. We apply the proposition as given by the International Federation of Robotics that 'a service robot is a robot that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation application'. This gives us a broad range of operations, however, there are a number of areas in which our members specialize.
- Inspection robotics
- Rehabilitation robotics
- Surgical robotics
- Smart Industry (robotics within flexible manufacturing)
Service robotics is naturally much broader than merely these specific applications and some of our members are also specializing in robotic applications for agriculture, system integration, security, or even in services that are so new that they aren't really classifiable yet. Despite the wide variety in application areas, many of the underlying technologies are similar and through those similarities we attempt to create synergy.