Cobots for the automobile assembly line

Prasad Akella*, Michael Peshkin, Ed Colgate, Witaya Wannasuphoprasit, Nidamaluri Nagesh, Jim Wells, Steve Holland, Tom Pearson, Brian Peacock

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Intelligent assist devices (IADs) are a new class of hybrid devices for direct, physical, interaction with a human operator in shared workspaces. Cobots, a sub-set of IADs, exemplify that humans are critical in many assembly operations and ergonomics tools that enable them to perform their duties are necessary. The broad design principles for human-machine interaction in these industrial settings are described, as well as prototype industrial cobots designed for testing and validation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-733
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA99 - Detroit, MI, USA
Duration: May 10 1999May 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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