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On Cognitive Assistant Robots for Reducing Variability in Industrial Human-Robot Activities

by Alejandro Chacón 1,2,†, Pere Ponsa 2,† and Cecilio Angulo 2,*
1
Department of Electrical and Electronics, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ‘ESPE’, Quito 171103, Ecuador
2
Department of Automatic Control, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(15), 5137; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10155137
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 17 July 2020 / Accepted: 24 July 2020 / Published: 26 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Robotics)
In the industrial domain, one important research activity for cognitive robotics is the development of assistant robots. In this work, we show how the use of a cognitive assistant robot can contribute to (i) improving task effectiveness and productivity, (ii) providing autonomy for the human supervisor to make decisions, providing or improving human operators’ skills, and (iii) giving feedback to the human operator in the loop. Our approach is evaluated on variability reduction in a manual assembly system. The overall study and analysis are performed on a model of the assembly system obtained using the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM) and tested in a robotic simulated scenario. Results show that a cognitive assistant robot is a useful partner in the role of improving the task effectiveness of human operators and supervisors. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive robots; human-robot interaction; assistant robotics; variability cognitive robots; human-robot interaction; assistant robotics; variability
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Chacón, A.; Ponsa, P.; Angulo, C. On Cognitive Assistant Robots for Reducing Variability in Industrial Human-Robot Activities. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 5137.

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