Unlocking the potential for industrial applications
Human-robot collaboration (HRC) is a widely studied research topic that investigates how humans and robots can work together and achieve a common goal. Over the past few years, HRC has created exciting new applications for robots that can revolutionize manufacturing and introduce them to entirely different domains such as healthcare and agriculture. It is an interdisciplinary research area comprising robotics, artificial intelligence, design and cognitive sciences.
Industrial applications of human-robot collaboration involve collaborative robots which physically interact with humans in shared workspaces to complete tasks such as collaborative manipulation or object handovers. However, in industry to date, HRC has been adopted at a slower pace than expected as collaborative robots need to be safe for interaction with humans. At the same time, they need to be easily programmed by non-experts and to operate in an intelligent and adaptive way.
In this book we present some of the latest state-of-the-art advances in the area of human-robot collaboration, aiming at future industrial applications. The book will be useful for advanced students, researchers, engineers, developers and entrepreneurs interested in human-robot collaboration research and technologies.
About the Editors
Zoe Doulgeri is a professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she leads the Automation and Robotics Lab. Her research covers the topics of physical human robot interaction, robot teaching and learning by demonstration, control of uncertain robotic systems, bimanual mobile robots and control and data-based learning for object grasping and manipulation. She is an author of over 150 publications, has participated in several EU projects, and coordinated the H2020 projects CoLLaboratE and BACCHUS.
Fotios Dimeas is a senior research fellow in the Automation and Robotics Lab at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. His research covers human-robot collaboration, including teaching by demonstration, motion generation and robot control. During his PhD and PostDoc studies he has received multiple scholarships from the National Scholarship Foundation. He has authored more than 30 publications. He has participated as a researcher in the Horizon 2020 projects SARAFun, CoLLaboratE, and BACCHUS.
Zoe Doulgeri, Fotios Dimeas