SINA

Reliable Perception for Flexible Assistance in Dynamic and Unstructured Environments
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Key Facts

Start date:
01.07.2018
End date:
30.06.2021
Duration:
3 Jahre

 

 

 

Funded by

 

Motivation

Physically impaired people can be supported in their daily activities by robot assistants. To achieve this, the interaction of the robot with humans must become faster and the movements of the robot safer; unexpected movements of the robot must be avoided.

 

Goals and procedure

The aim of the SINA project is to achieve safe and flexible gripping and transfer processes between humans and mobile robots. For this purpose, the robot arm and gripper are covered with innovative capacitive sensors that detect both touch and approach. In addition, human movement patterns during transfer processes are examined and models are created from them. With these models and the sensor signals, the robot understands human behavior during the transfer of objects and can then perform this process both safely and at an acceptable speed. The subjective perception of human safety and the expectations of the robot are also determined by accompanying tests and are incorporated into the development.  

 

Innovations and perspectives

The robot is extended by new sensors. This enables the robot to move safely in the human environment and to take and hand over objects safely and in accordance with expectations. The robot can be controlled and programmed with speech and gestures. These basic skills can be transferred to other robots.

 

 

Partners

 

C&S Computer and Software GmbH
KIT - Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft und Betriebsorganisation
KIT - Intelligente Prozessautomation und Robotik
 
MRK Systeme GmbH
SCHUNK GmbH & Co.KG
User Interface Design GmbH

 

In times of skill shortage in nursing and healthcare, robot systems offer great potential to enable a self-determined life or the rehabilitation of physically restricted persons in their own personal environment. The acceptance of the robot by users plays a central role, for which the behaviour of the robot must be perceived by humans as comfortable and in line with expectations.

Dr. Alwin Hoffmann, local head of project

Team

Matthias Stüben
Researcher
Institute for Software & Systems Engineering
Alexander Poeppel
Researcher
Institute for Software & Systems Engineering
Senior Researcher
Institute for Software & Systems Engineering
Director
Institute for Software & Systems Engineering

Institute for Software & Systems Engineering

The Institute for Software & Systems Engineering (ISSE), directed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif, is a scientific institution within the Faculty of Applied Computer Science of the University of Augsburg. In research, the institute supports both fundamental and application-oriented research in all areas of software and systems engineering. In teaching, the institute facilitates the further development of the faculty's and university's relevant course offerings.

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