Human Collaborative Robotic Systems

A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9, Canada
Interests: design; manufacturing; MEMS; dynamic systems; biorobotics; biosensors; bioacutators
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Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Interests: enterprise information systems; digital manufacturing; finite element analysis; machine designs; robotics and automation; enterprise systems
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Dear Colleagues,

Robotic systems are intelligent systems that carry out five main functions, namely (1) power generation, (2) control/management, (3) actuation, (4) body, (5) sensing. These functions can be intelligent, depending on the physical units developed for them. A robotic system may comprise a single robot or a group of robots. For a group of robots, the intelligence levels of these five main functions are expressed in terms of aggregation and emergency. Furthermore, robots may have different levels of intelligence. There is an application scenario in which robots and humans work together. This Special Issue considers this scenario, which involves the introduction of human collaborative robotic systems.

The key issues with human collaborative robotic systems are communication and cooperation between humans and robots for reliable, robust, and resilient operation. More specifically, they are (i) how a robot is able to determine a human operator’s physical and mental state, (ii) how a robot operates together with a human operator to accomplish a common goal while guaranteeing a high degree of safety and health to the human operator, and (iii) how a group reforms, readjusts, or changes in order to ensure its suitability and resilience.

This Special Issue seeks papers that address the aforementioned issues as well as related issues, e.g., how a mechatronic system can detect an accident or crash involving humans or how a mechatronic system can devise an optimal plan to change its cooperative behavior. It should be noted that the scope is not restricted to one human operator and one mechatronic system only but a group of them, perhaps in the physical–cybernetic setting.

Prof. Dr. Wenjun (Chris) Zhang
Prof. Dr. Zhuming Bi
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23 pages, 10678 KiB  
Low-Cost Sensory Glove for Human–Robot Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Robotics 2022, 11(3), 56; - 05 May 2022
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Human–robot collaboration (HRC) enables humans and robots to coexist in the same working environment by performing production operations together. HRC systems are used in advanced manufacturing to improve the productivity and efficiency of a manufacturing process. The question is which HRC systems can [...] Read more.
Human–robot collaboration (HRC) enables humans and robots to coexist in the same working environment by performing production operations together. HRC systems are used in advanced manufacturing to improve the productivity and efficiency of a manufacturing process. The question is which HRC systems can ensure that humans can work with robots in a safe environment. This present study proposes a solution through the development of a low-cost sensory glove. This glove was developed using a number of hardware and software tools. The sensory glove analysed and computed the motion and orientation of a worker’s hand. This was carried out to operate the robot through commands and actions while under safe operating conditions. The sensory glove was built as a mechatronic device and was controlled by an algorithm that was designed and developed to compute the data and create a three-dimensional render of the glove as it moved. The image produced enabled the robot to recognize the worker’s hand when collaboration began. Tests were conducted to determine the accuracy, dynamic range and practicality of the system. The results showed that the sensory glove is an innovative low-cost solution for humans and robots to collaborate safely. The sensory glove was able to provide a safe working environment for humans and robots to collaborate on operations together. Full article
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