Industrial need for human-robot collaboration (HRC) poses a challenge to current machine safety principles and technologies. To bring HRC to its full potential, a mutual understanding of shared intention and bilateral communication is necessary.
The main goal of cooperation is to enable human-robot collaboration in complex scenarios. This includes industrial environments in particular, hence safety plays a key role. Furthermore, facilitating natural interaction through intuitive behaviour of robotic systems represents a central aspect.
As the relative position to the robot as well as pose and gaze direction is essential for intuitive interaction, safe worker localization through multimodal sensing is being developed. Furthermore, intuitive human-robot communication using gestures and natural language processing (NLP) is being investigated.
One of the next steps is the study of developed components, which includes user studies. Finally, a demonstration of technologies on the basis of a real use case for manufacturing of aerospace structure should follow.