Room Surveillance and Human/Robot Cooperation

Fig. 3: Image-based safety zone surveillance for moving robot segments
Fig. 3: Image-based safety zone surveillance for moving robot segments
Fig. 4: The robot acts as a "third hand", moving heavy workpieces while being guided by a human
Fig. 4: The robot acts as a "third hand", moving heavy workpieces while being guided by a human

Project definition

The methods commonly used presently to physically separate work areas (e.g. walls and fences) are to be replaced by sensor-supported surveillance of the workplace. It is important hereby to be able to recognize whether an unknown object (such as a human) detected by the sensors is approaching the area or object that is to be isolated (e.g. robots, displays or exhibits) (Fig. 3). This task can be extended to human/robot cooperation in order to synergetically utilize their respective abilities. The security of the human and the intuitive operation of the robot must be taken into account during task planning (Fig. 4).

Areas of expertise

  • Image-based detection of unknown moving objects
  • Image-based recognition of impending collisions between objects and the robot
  • Automatic camera calibration
  • Collision-free path planning
  • Movements manually guided by the user
  • Intuitive switching between automatic und manual control

Applications

  • Surveillance of work areas, museum exhibits and displays
  • Optimisation of workspace demands and time usage for production processes
  • Maintenance tasks with no stoppage of production
  • Cooperative assembly and disassembly

Projects

Wanted

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