Natural human-robot interaction


Abstract Recent advances in robot control and safety systems al- lowed the access, in the last few years, of robots in our daily life. Robotic systems have been applied to several fields, such as social assistance, surveillance, tour-guide or floor cleaning. These contexts are very different from traditional industrial applications, in which [...]

Human-multi-robot systems interaction



Abstract Multi-robot systems are becoming increasingly popular, in the last few years. The possibility of having large computation, communication and sensing capabilities in limited-size devices makes it attractive to solve several applications exploiting the capabilities of a team of robots. While the majority of current multi-robot systems applications can be found in [...]

Augmented reality



Abstract Started as a means for infotainment, augmented reality is gaining a lot of interest as a powerful means to let users easily interact with advanced and complex automatic and robotic systems. Basically, it consists in augmenting the real world scene by virtual elements: thus, the user maintains a sense of presence [...]

Affective robotics


Abstract Affective robotics consists in enhancing the interaction of a human with a robot by recognizing her/his affect. Monitoring and interpreting nonverbal communication can provide important insights about a human interacting with the robot and, thus, implicit feedback about the interaction can be achieved. Accordingly, the aim of affective robotics is relieving [...]

Surgical robotics


Abstract The introduction of robotic surgery within the operating rooms has significantly improved the quality of many surgical procedures. Recently, the research on medical robotics systems focused on increasing the level of autonomy in order to give them the possibility to carry out simple surgical actions in an autonomous way. This research [...]

Physical human-robot interaction


Abstract In the industrial field a lot of tasks can be executed automatically by means of robotic manipulators, e.g. pick and place, welding, assembly or product inspection. For this reason the way the trajectory is “taught” to the robot becomes crucial. Teaching techniques involving manual guidance of the robot maximize the possibilities [...]