In the past few years, the great potential and benefits of Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) are becoming increasingly evident among both the scientific and industrial communities. Robots can reduce stress by providing assistance; increase human capabilities while preventing injuries in industrial scenarios, automatize therapies in rehabilitation contexts, and improve in general the quality of life. On the other hand, humans can provide experience, transfer knowledge and supervise robots’ functionalities, adding a certain level of adaptability to the process and contributing to an effective accomplishment of a broad range of tasks.
Towards an effective coordination of effort in human-robot interaction/collaboration scenarios, first part of this talk will introduce multimodal interfaces to make CoBots aware of human intentions. The second part will focus on the introduction of a novel safety concept in HRC, in which Cobots ensure human comfort and ergonomics in heavy and effortful industrial processes.
Arash Ajoudani received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from Centro "E Piaggio", University of Pisa, and Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy (July 2014). His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 - best European PhD thesis award in robotics. He is currently a tenure-track scientist and the leader of the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRII) lab of the IIT. He was a finalist for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012, a winner of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013, a finalist for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and a finalist for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016. He is the author of the book "Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots" in the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters.
He is currently serving as the executive manager of the IEEE-RAS Young Reviewers' Program (YRP), chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee, and co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Member Services Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, Biorob, ICORR, etc. His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction and cooperation, robotic manipulation, robust and adaptive control, rehabilitation robotics, and tele-robotics.