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Humanoid Robot Lola at Hannover Fair 2010

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Published on Jan 14, 2011

At the Hannover Messe 2010 the humanoid
robot Lola was presented to the public.
Lightweight design, modern drive technology,
a powerful sensor system, microelectronics and
a dynamic walking control system enable stable
biped locomotion. Two high-resolution cameras
and an advanced image processing system give
Lola the ability to navigate autonomously in an
unknown environment. The robot has been de-
veloped at the Institute of Applied Mechanics
(AM) at the Technische Universität München.
At the Hannover Messe 2010, Lola is equipped
with a vision system developed by the Institute
for Autonomous Systems Technology (TAS) at
the University of the Federal Armed Forces.
The combination of vision system, mechatron-
ics and control system gives the robot a high
degree of autonomy.
Lola was designed as an improved version of
the humanoid robot Johnnie which was also de-
veloped at AM and presented to the public in
2001. Lola is 180 cm tall and weighs approxi-
mately 60 kg. As with Johnnie, Lola's propor-
tions are derived from human anatomy.
For the robot's development, a wide range of
new ideas and technologies was realized. Addi-
tional actuated joints in toes, pelvis and arms
are key to more stable, versatile and human-
like walking. A hierarchical control system
gives Lola the ability to walk in arbitrary direc-
tions like e.g. walking sideways to pass narrow
points.
The robot visually perceives its environment
through two high-resolution video cameras each
with 5 megapixels. The incoming image is par-
titioned into areas of dierent importance. The
less interesting areas are only examined roughly
while special attention is drawn to the crucial
areas. That way, expensive calculations are
only carried out in areas in which new informa-
tion is needed. This new method of attention
based object recognition allows for a detailed
analysis of the observed objects while at the
same time reducing computing time.
At the Hannover Messe 2010, Lola navigates
in an environment containing objects of every
day use. The object layout can be varied by
spectators and is therefore not known to the
robot beforehand. In this scenario Lola will au-
tonomously complete certain predened tasks.

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