Welcome to the Mechatronics and Robotics Lab for Innovation of Politecnico di Milano. We are a group of people committed to research, innovation and technology transfer in the fields of mechatronics, robotics and motion control.

MERLIN researchers are active in the following areas:

  • Collaborative robotics and automation;
  • Scheduling for collaborative assembly plans;
  • Physical human-robot interaction for both industrial and service robotics;
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous navigation of mobile robots;
  • Motion planning for indoor and outdoor mobile manipulators.

Research Highlights

MERLIN wins the KUKA Innovation Award 2023

KUKA, a renowned industry leader in robotics and automation solutions, recently unveiled our team as the recipient of the KUKA Innovation Award for 2023. This prestigious accolade celebrates exceptional achievements in the field of robotics and automation, recognizing groundbreaking ideas that redefine technology and propel advancements across various industries. Following an exhaustive selection process, a …

Touch and slide: cable routing operations with collaborative robots

Deformable elements such as cables, hoses, wires, and ropes are involved in several applications both in domestic and industrial scenarios:  just think about tying the laces of your shoes, or plugging the charger of your mobile phone, or wiring all the cables inside your computer or your car. In particular, cables are widely employed in …

An IIoT solution to speed-up collaborative robotics applications

A collaborative robot is a robot intended for direct human robot interaction within a shared workspace, or where humans and robots are in close proximity. For safety reasons, they are typically run at reduced speed with respect to traditional industrial robots. On the other hand, the persistent presence of the human worker might introduce several benefits in specific applications. The …