Human-centred design of human-machine interaction


Abstract Modern automatic machines and robotic cells in production plants are becoming more and more complex because of higher demands for fast production rate with high quality. However, despite high levels of automation of machines and robots, humans remain central to manufacturing operations since they take charge of control and supervision of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Coordination and control of AGVs


Abstract Automated warehouse systems are becoming increasingly popular, in the last years. Along these lines, researches on the coordination of the fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), as a solution for addressing the problems of production efficiency and flexibility, are becoming more and more important. Our work mainly focuses on methodologies for [...]