Brussels Human Robotics Research Center

At a glance: BruBotics is a multidisciplinary consortium of 8 research groups of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, performing research on Human Robotic technology such as exoskeletons, social robots, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, robotic revalidation, prosthetics, collaborative robots and many other.

In het kort: BruBotics is een multidisciplinair consortium van 8 onderzoeksgroepen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel in België, gespecialiseerd in onderzoek naar menselijke robotica zoals exoskeletons, sociale robotics, artificiële intelligentie, mens-robot interactie, robot revalidatie, prothesen, collaboratieve robots en nog zoveel meer.

Robots are coming...

Ageing population. Globalization of the economy. Rising  healthcare costs. Factories of the future... Our society faces huge societal and economical challenges. Robotics can help. Robotics should help.
For centuries humans have been fantasizing about automated, mechanical and self-thinking machines. The ancient Greeks, Leonardo Da Vinci… many tried, but only now the necessary technology is ready. Within the next 5 to 10 years we will enter the robotic age. The consultancy company McKinsey estimated in 2013 for example that by 2025 robotics will have an economic impact of well over $4 trillion. 

Robots and Artificial Intelligence can help humanity overcome some of its societal challenges and help turn these into economic opportunities.

This is why 8 research groups of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) joined forces, all sharing one vision: developing Human-Centered Robotic technology that helps our society and improves our quality of life. At the very heart of Europe, BruBo​tics was born. BruBotics is a multidisciplinary consortium of 8 research groups of the VUB, performing research on Human Robotic technology. Funded by the Flemish Industrial Research Fund (IOF), BruBotics aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary research and bridge the gap between academia and industry and society.

A truly multidisciplinary team

By combining over 120 scientists working on topics as diverse as ageing studies, robotic mechanics, social studies, human physiology, artificial intelligence, neurological revalidation, sensors, engineering,...BruBotics is able to go much further than the traditional robotics research.


World-class research

With over 50 European H2020 and FP7 projects, an ERC grant and dozens of Belgian FWO, Brussels Innoviris and Flemish projects running, the BruBotics research groups have a strong track record of performing top-notch research.


A positive story

Human Robotics helps and supports humans. Our current research on exoskeletons, robot enhanced therapy, robotic rehabilitation, social robots for elderly, cobots in the industry, bionic prosthetics…proves that the possibilities to use robotic technology to actually improve the lives of people are almost endless.


8 research groups, a wide range of expertise

Social & physical Human-Robot Interaction and safe & energy efficient compliant actuation, with applications in health and manufacturing.

Crossing boundaries with visionary electronics & ICT in e-Health and other domains.

How can robots increase quality of life of older people?

Nature inspired Machine Learning for complex problem solving.

Exercise and the brain in health and disease: the added value of Human Robotics.

Mechatronic research on intelligent robots in non-traditional robot environments.

Helping society and industry deal with new technologies such as human robot collaboration, from a social and economical point of view.

The effectiveness of robotic assistance for neurological rehabilitation and rehabilitation psychology

Discover the research groups and their groundbreaking work more extensively on the research page of this website.

Strong partnerships

We believe cooperation and knowledge sharing through partnerships with both industry and the academic world will boost progress in the field of Human Robotics. Therefore we welcome new partnerships and research opportunities and we gladly offer our expertise to the industry, governments and academics, through research collaborations, consulting services or trainings.

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