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Architecture for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration: Multi-Modal Communication in Virtual Reality for Efficient Task Execution

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 28th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2019
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728136660
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2163-5137


ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics


Task-sharing and Human-Robot Collaboration has gained increased attention with the widespread commissioning and usage of collaborative robots. However, recent studies show that the fenceless collaborative robots are not as harmless as they look like. In order to study Human-Robot Interaction scenarios, in a safe manner, we propose to execute the scenario in Virtual Reality simulation and afterwards implement it in real robotic applications (supervised from VR). In addition, this simulated world allows ad-hoc modifications and easy prototyping of different multi-modal communication forms. In this paper we propose an architecture for safe human-robot collaboration and describe a use-case: task of nut screwing, which is executed by the human and the robot together. The nut is hold by the human and the screw is screwed into the nut by the robot (as this part is the repetitive part of the task). The task can be executed in the VR simulation with different input and feedback channels (multi-modal) in order to identify the most efficient communication way between the human and the robot. The different input and output channels are presented in detail.


  • Human-Robot Collaboration, industrial robot, simulation, virtual reality

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland