Warsaw University of Technology
Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Institute of Radioelectronics (IRE WUT)
The Institute of Radioelectronics is one of administrative units at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology of Warsaw University of Technology. Mission of the Institute is to guarantee balanced harmonious satisfaction of three principal directions: didactic work, research projects and cooperation with the industry. Works of the Institute can be divided into three main areas of activity: radiocommunications, multimedia technologies and biomedical engineering. The IRE WUT has a solid basis for education of specialists and for realization of national and international projects. The scientific and research works mainly regard problems of information transmission by means of radio waves especially making use of potential of digital technique and advanced information technologies. Also dealt with are the problems of design of systems and devices for radiocommunications as well as of technology of radio transmission and reception and radiocommunications measurements. A rich laboratory base allows for conducting works of wide scope and support of scientific research. The Institute has at its disposal both variety of educational laboratories (radiocommunications laboratory, multimedia technologies laboratory, laboratory of antennas, laboratory of microwaves) as well as specialized laboratories used for scientific research. The Institute also has a anti-reflection chamber, which allows for conducting investigations of antennas characteristics in frequency and time domain in far and near zone. Scientific research are conducted within european projects, MS&HE grants, statutory and propriety works, as well as within works ordered by external units, i.a. communications administration, mobile service providers, local self-governments, etc. The Institute of Radioelectronics actively cooperates both with public administration centres, research and development centres, universities and with the industry (Siemens, Fiat, Daimler Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Arris). The employees of the Institute of Radioelectronics also actively participate in projects cofinanced from the EU funds, particularly in:
- CODMUCA – the project concerning problems associated with systems of high-speed data transmission in cable networks based on DOCSIS 3.0 specification.
- RESOLUTION – the project regarding problems connected with design of reconfigurable systems of mobile communications and localization;
- SAFESPOT – the project concerning design of intelligent systems of road communications;
- ACE2 – network of excellence associated with state-of-the-art trends in technology of antennas.
- VISNET, VISNET II – network of excellence connected with development of state-of-the-art multimedia technologies.
In the Proteus project the Institute of Radioelectronics of WUT is responsible for development of detailed architecture, implementation and validation of communications subsystem. As the fundamental research tasks one should highlight: provision of effective communications system between robot operator and robot, communications of the operator with Mobile Command Centre, and enabling effective system of external communications. The conducted works are associated both with state-of-the-art solutions in multimedia technologies (effective hardware implementations of source encoders and mechanisms of data multiplexing) and with radiocommunications problems (channel encoding, antenna systems, propagation).
Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Division of Theory of Machines and Robots (DTMR)
The team of DTMR has rich experience in design of mechanical systems, development and implementation of control systems, works on autonomous mobile robots and manipulators.
Division of Theory of Machines and Robots of WUT participated in realization of the following projects:
- Development of communications protocol between high level industrial computer and actuating systems implemented in control systems of hexapod walking machines manufactured by the Growth Venture company in Singapore;
- Consultant of design solutions for a mechanical structure implemented in four hexapod walking machines manufactured in cooperation with Nanyang Technological University and the Growth Venture company in Singapore;
- Development of shear force sensor (Loughborough University of Technology).
Main tasks posed by the Proteus Project for DTMR are cooperation at development of architecture of the system and subsystems and aid at design and construction of Enhanced Functionality Mobile Robot.
Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Department of Automation and Aeronautical Systems (DAAS WUT)
DAAS research concentrates on aerial objects, ground vehicles and sea vessels. Research within control systems concern systems of automatic control of aeroplane flight, rockets and ground vehicles. For aerial objects have been developed systems of recording and processing of navigation information provided by various sensors: GPS receivers, systems of inertial navigation, aerodynamic data exchange, magnetic compass.
- SEA-AHEAD – Simulation Environment and Advisory System for On-board Help, and Estimation of Manoeuvring Performance During Design;
- ADFCS II – Affordable Digital Fly-By-Wire Flight Control Systems for Small Commercial Aircraft;
- NEFS – New Track Integrated Electrical Single Flap Drive System.
The main task of DAAS during development of the Proteus system is elaboration of concept and architecture of a simulator, its construction and carrying out the final tests.
The Faculty of Materials Engineering, Division of Materials Design (FME WUT)
The Faculty of Materials Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology is one of the leading scientific research centres in the field of science of materials and materials engineering in Poland.
At the faculty research is conducted according to highest international standards. The FME cooperates with the foremost centres in the field in Poland and in the world. The research concern prospective materials and technologies.
In the Proteus project participates the Division of Materials Design (DMD). Research activities of Division staff concentrates on problems associated with dependencies between microstructure of materials and their properties. The DMD has at its disposal a high class research instrumentation used both for research works and education purposes, for example:
- X-Ray microtomograph SkyScan 1174,
- X-Ray nanotomograph SkyScan 2011,
- STEM microscope HITACHI HD-2700,
- STEM HITACHI SS500,
- FIB HITACHI FB 2100,
- X-Ray diffractometer BRUKER D 8 DISCOVER
The Faculty of Materials Engineering is responsible for optimisation of materials for the robots and sensor modules. It will also participate in functional investigations of the system. Within the scope of those tasks realised are activities associated with materials selection for thermal shields and electromagnetic screens of electronic modules, application of carbon composites to robot manipulators, replacement of aluminum alloys with magnesium alloys in certain components of robots bodies, selection of materials for shields protecting from effects of explosion and chemical shields.