Welcome to the Center for Research in Energy and Mechatronics, which is part of the Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Mechatronics denotes the simultaneous and integrated combination of techniques deriving from mechanics, electricity, electronics, as well as control and computer sciences, used to design more reliable and more competitive products.
This multi-disciplinary approach requires an effective interaction between the various disciplines involved in each study phase. The mechatronic methodology aims at reaching an optimum, which cannot be obtained by a classical approach that is mainly sequential and compartmentalized.
Our center combines its various fields of expertise in solving the technological challenges arising from new applications.
The modeling, design and prototyping of mechatronic devices involving sensors, actuators and control systems is central to the CEREM concerns, whatever the final goal: academic or industrial.
In various fields, like mobile robotics, medical robotics, biomechanics, vehicle dynamics, aeronautics, or high performance actuation, the goal of the CEREM is to grasp the problem specifications and propose an integrated and optimal solution.
We are mainly active in 4 research fields:
Lab'InSight @ CEREM
- October 2014: The paper entitled "Comparison of FPCB windings of BLDC machines with paralelly and radially magnetized rotor poles" by Bruno Dehez, François Baudart, and Yves Perriard (EPFL) received the "Best Paper Award" at the 17th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS2014).
- August 2014: The paper "Upper Limb Robot-Assisted Therapy in Cerebral Palsy: A Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial" by Gilliaux et al. has been pointed as "research highlight" in the monthly issue of Nature Reviews Neurology.
- September 2013: Our center is now partner of the WALK-MAN collaborative EU project.
- June 2013: The name of our Center changed to feature our research in energy: we are now the "Center for Research in Energy and Mechatronics" (same acronym as before).
- October 2012: Patricia Leconte received the annual price of the "Fondation Van Goethem-Brichant" to carry out her research in "Motor representation in human-robot interfaces: a primitive-based approach for the design of new rehabilitation protocols".
- January 2012: We are now member of the "EUropean RObotics research Network".
- October 2011: New edition of the book on power electronics (in French): "Electronique de puissance / Structures, fonctions de base, principales applications", by Guy Séguier, Philippe Delarue, and Francis Labrique.
- July 2011: Our conference on MultiBody Dynamics was a big success, with more than 250 attendees!