Human user impressions of damping methods for singularity handling in human-robot collaboration

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Conference Proceeding
Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA, 2017, 2017-December pp. 107 - 113
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Kinematic singularity is a fundamental and well understood problem of robot manipulators, with many methods having been developed to ensure safe and robust operation in proximity to singularity. However little attention has been given to the scenario where the robot and human are working in physical contact to collaboratively perform a task. In such a scenario the feelings and impressions of the human operator should be considered when developing solutions for handling singularity. This work presents an experimental study comparing three modes of handling kinematic singularities with respect to the impressions of the human operator. Two of the modes are based on traditional Damped-Least-Squares. The third method uses an asymmetric damping behavior proposed as being well suited for applications involving physical human-robot interaction. The three modes are tested and compared by subjects performing a mock industrial task, and feedback from the subjects analyzed to identify the preferred mode. Results indicate that the choice of method used affects the user's impressions of the interaction, and the asymmetrical damping behavior can produce a preferred interaction experience with human operators during tasks.
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