Successful Real World Human-Robot Collaboration: From the Cognition of Human-Human Collaboration to the Cognition of Fluent Human-Robot Collaboration


BioRobotics Institute Role: 

Project Lifetime
Oct 2011 to Mar 2014

Funding Institutions: 

European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-CH2-STREP)


The CogLaboration project focuses on the object transfer procedure between a robot and a human, considered to be a key aspect to be addressed in order to provide successful and efficient robotic assistance to humans. The platform envisioned in CogLaboration consists of a robotic arm equipped with a sensory robotic hand, vision capabilities and processing resources to achieve a successful human-robot object exchange in realistic task settings and conditions. The CogLaboration project studies the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of successful human-human object exchange, including typical variations and unplanned and unanticipated situations. This observation aims to characterize the arm and hand trajectories, the force applied onto the object during the exchange, the visual information used to correct the motion, and the way gestures are used to provide information or trigger the exchange procedure. A hierarchical control architecture based on concepts from cognitive neurosciences is developed using the previous knowledge about the principles of fluent object exchange. The final robot integrates a vision-driven robotic system comprising a lightweight arm and a hand with tactile sensors. CogLaboration will thus deliver a complete robotic system with the cognitive capacities needed for successful and safe human-robot collaboration.

What we do: 

Within the CogLaboration project, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna acts as robotic hand expert.


Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation; The University of Birmingham; R.U.Robots



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