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Project 1.3: Cobots manipulation with augmented mobility

Lead researcher

Project based at

UTS

Lead Partner Organisation

Weld Australia

Cobots Manipulation with Augmented Mobility

Complex manipulation tasks in unstructured, dynamic, large and often outdoor environments require robots that can be mobile. This project will work towards enabling human-robot interaction with mobile collaborative robots equipped with multiple on-board sensors. The project will address together the multi-sensory robotic perception, navigation and situational awareness problems of the mobile base, and will develop a framework to achieve collaborative tasks with the operators and the cobot actions while moving.

The project will exploit existing biomechanical models in conjunction with data-driven learning algorithms to optimise the interaction through robotic perception. This project has the potential to facilitate welding in unconstrained environments and complex loading or assembly tasks. A testbed for an industrial application application will be developed to validate the research outcomes and multiple mobile manipulators will be available for this project.

Research activities

This research project may involve the following activities:

  • Context studies to establish candidate frameworks for collaborative human-cobot mobile manipulation
  • Development of sensing, perception and navigation methods for mobile manipulators interacting with humans
  • Deployment and evaluation of the collaborative human-cobot mobile manipulation framework in a welding or assembly task

Outcomes

Upon completing this research, we expect to develop:

  • New theory and methods for mobile manipulators interacting with humans
  • Efficient sensing, perception, and navigation methods
  • A framework for collaborative mobile manipulation

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you must have a background in engineering, computer science or a related field particularly with good mathematical background and programming skills. Ideally, you will have some experience in robotics.


Associated Researchers

Robert Fitch

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Marc Carmichael

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Fouad Sukkar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Biomimic Cobots Program)
University of Technology Sydney
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