This paper presents a novel method for integration of industrially-oriented human-robot speech communication and vision-based object recognition. Such integration is necessary to provide context for task-oriented voice commands. Context-based speech communication is easier, the commands are shorter, hence their recognition rate is higher. In recent years, significant research was devoted to integration of speech and gesture recognition. However, little attention was paid to vision-based identification of objects in industrial environment (like workpieces or tools) represented by general terms used in voice commands. There are no reports on any methods facilitating the abovementioned integration. Image and speech recognition systems usually operate on different data structures, describing reality on different levels of abstraction, hence development of context-based voice control systems is a laborious and time-consuming task. The aim of our research was to solve this problem. The core of our method is extension of Voice Command Description (VCD) format describing syntax and semantics of task-oriented commands, as well as its integration with Flexible Editable Contour Templates (FECT) used for classification of contours derived from image recognition systems. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first solution that facilitates development of customized vision-based voice control applications for industrial robots.
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