In order for robots to safely work side-by-side with humans in factories, they will need the ability to detect contact with humans or other objects. The development of a large-scale tactile skin will enable robots to both detect and either avoid contact or minimize the contact impact. The project team will build sensors using automated machine knitting technologies, resulting in highly customizable sensors that can easily fit the curved surfaces of robots. The team will also develop control algorithms that help robots move safely around humans based on the readings from the tactile skin.

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Principal Investigators
Changliu Liu
Wenzhen Yuan
James McCann
Research Areas
Intelligent robotics