An Energy-based Approach for the Integration of Collaborative Redundant Robots in Restricted Work Environments

Sebastian Hjorth*, Johannes Lachner, Stefano Stramigioli, Ole Madsen, Dimitrios Chrysostomou

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Abstract

To this day, most robots are installed behind safety fences, separated from the human. New use-case scenarios demand for collaborative robots, e.g. to assist the human with physically challenging tasks. These robots are mainly installed in work-environments with limited space, e.g. existing production lines. This brings certain challenges for the control of such robots. The presented work addresses a few of these challenges, namely: stable and safe behaviour in contact scenarios; avoid- ance of restricted workspace areas; prevention of joint limits in automatic mode and manual guidance. The control approach in this paper extents an Energy-aware Impedance controller by repulsive potential fields in order to comply with Cartesian and joint constraints. The presented controller was verified for a KUKA LBR iiwa 7 R800 in simulation as well as on the real robot.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems : Consumer Robotics and Our Future
PublisherIEEE
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2020
Event2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Consumer Robotics and Our Future - Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020
Conference number: 33
https://www.iros2020.org/index.html

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Number33
LocationCaesars Forum, Las Vegas
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period25/10/202029/10/2020
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Keywords

  • workspace restriction
  • redundant manipulators
  • Collaborative robots
  • Impedance control
  • artificial potential fields
  • energy-aware robots

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    Hjorth, S., Lachner, J., Stramigioli, S., Madsen, O., & Chrysostomou, D. (Accepted/In press). An Energy-based Approach for the Integration of Collaborative Redundant Robots in Restricted Work Environments. In 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Consumer Robotics and Our Future IEEE.