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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

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KTH researcher Hongyi Liu tests a robot arm by placing his hand in its path.

A system developed by researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology empowers robots so they can work side-by-side with humans on assembly lines more efficiently and without unnecessary interruptions.

Credit: Hongyi Liu

Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless interruptions.

KTH's Hongyi Liu said the human-robot collaboration system can identify each co-worker and their skeleton model, which is an abstract of their body volume.

This lets the system identify the worker's pose and even anticipate the next pose, providing a context for the robot to be cognizant of while interacting.

Liu said the system uses artificial intelligence that is less computationally intensive and requires smaller datasets than traditional machine learning, via its reliance on transfer learning.

Experiments demonstrated that increasing their contextual awareness allows the robots to function more safely and efficiently without slowing production.

From KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
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