AR-supported Human-Robot Collaboration: Facilitating Workspace Awareness and Parallelised Assembly Tasks

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Abstract

While technologies for human-robot collaboration are rapidly advancing, plenty of aspects still need further investigation, such as ensuring workspace awareness, enabling the operator to reschedule tasks on the fly, and how users prefer to coordinate and collaborate with robots. To address these, we propose an Augmented Reality interface that supports human-robot collaboration in an assembly task by (1) enabling the inspection of planned and ongoing robot processes through dynamic task lists and a path visualization, (2) allowing the operator to also delegate tasks to the robot, and (3) presenting step-by-step assembly instructions. We evaluate our AR interface in comparison to a state-of-the-art tablet interface in a user study, where participants collaborated with a robot arm in a shared workspace to complete an assembly task. Our findings confirm the feasibility and potential of AR-assisted human-robot collaboration, while pointing to some central challenges that require further work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2023
EditorsGerd Bruder, Anne-Helene Olivier, Andrew Cunningham, Evan Yifan Peng, Jens Grubert, Ian Williams
Number of pages10
PublisherIEEE
Publication dateDec 2023
Pages1064-1073
ISBN (Electronic)9798350328387
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023
Event22nd IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2023 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 16 Oct 202320 Oct 2023

Conference

Conference22nd IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2023
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney
Period16/10/202320/10/2023
SponsorCSIRO, Data 61, et al, Monash Information Technology, Monash University, UNSW Sydney

Keywords

  • Computer systems organization
  • External interfaces for robotics
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Human-centered computing
  • Mixed / augmented reality
  • User studies

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