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 [...]

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 [...]