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Robotic Solutions for Industrial Applications


Industrial robotics involve systems used for manufacturing. Most products consist of different parts that need to be handled and assembled, and since industrial robots are automated, programmable and capable of complex movements, they can perform a variety of such tasks.

This spawns from traditional assembly, welding, painting, picking, palletizing, milling, packaging, and testing, to the construction of composite structures and handling of flexible objects in the food industry. Our research in robot technology for industrial applications is based on three core competences:

Modeling and control of robotic processes

  • Planning and programming process trajectories
  • Sensor-based control for compensation
  • Process control optimization

Computer Vision

  • Object recognition and pose estimation
  •  Inspection
  •  3D sensor technologies

Model-Based Robot System Engineering

  • Digital Twins
  • Visual Programming of complex combined tasks
  • Co-simulation with MATLAB and ROS.


The facilities at SDU Robotics include a new 800 m2 faculty-driven Industry 4.0. Lab, where hyper-flexible production facilities and realistic industrial cases can be developed and analyzed in an interdisciplinary collaboration between students, researchers, and companies. The Lab contains the newest robotics technology, storage cells, mobile robots, AR/VR technology, and digital twins.

With a planned investment of DKK 140 million over the next few years, the lab will support the cutting-edge research, innovation, and education needed to unfold big opportunities for the industry, which is essential to ensure Denmark’s and Europe’s competitiveness.

Our facilities also include two separate robotics labs; one for education and one for research.


Why it matters

Automation changes the way we work and live by improving productivity and reducing mundane manual tasks. This enables companies and countries to become more competitive.

On a global scale, the World Economic Forum estimates that robots and automation will soon replace 75 million jobs, but also create 133 million new ones, with robots and humans working safely side by side.

According to the UN, sustainable industrial development can unleash economic growth which can drive progress, create decent jobs and improve living standards.


Project examples

Understanding and preparing for the future requires strong partnerships between researchers, institutions, and companies. At SDU Robotics we work closely with our partners to develop new solutions and real products. Project examples include:

FlexDraperProduct is a current research project which aims to develop a robot that can build complicated composite parts for aircraft, cars, and wind turbines, for instance. The project is carried out with a handful of partners, and SDU’s role is to develop a model and learning-based robot programming tool for picking up fiber plies and placing them correctly on a form.

MADE Digital
SDU Robotics leads the work package “Automation with Collaborative Robots”, which is one of nine work packages addressing challenges for the Danish manufacturing industry. Working with LEGO, Danfoss, Bang & Olufsen, VESTAS and others, we strive to connect the digital world in terms of virtual models of robotics cells and processes to the corresponding real-world scenario and demonstrate this through examples.

N3XTCON is a project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark to develop a solution that brings 3D Concrete Printing to an industrial scale. SDU Robotics role is to analyze and optimize the system in user case simulations.

For more information contact Henrik Gordon

Last Updated 03.04.2020