Virtual barriers in augmented reality for safe human-robot collaboration in manufacturing

Wesley P. Chan, Adnan Karim, Camilo P. Quintero, H. F. Machiel Van der Loos, Elizabeth Croft

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We present a system for safe human-robot collaboration through the use of virtual barriers created in augmented reality (AR). In any human-robot cooperative scenario, safety is foremost important and must be guaranteed. Using a Microsoft HoloLens AR headset, our system provides two mechanisms for ensuring safety - 1) a person barrier that encapsulates and follows the user to protect the user from collision with the robot. 2) virtual barriers that can be created and placed arbitrarily by the user to protect surrounding objects or regions from the robot. We demonstrate the usefulness of our system through two case studies representing tasks in collaborative manufacturing, showing how our system achieves seamless operation through two different response behaviours to barrier collisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Co-workers 4.0
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventRobotic Co-Workers 4.0 2018: Human Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 Oct 20185 Oct 2018


ConferenceRobotic Co-Workers 4.0 2018
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