Title

HUMAN ROBOT SYNERGISM AND VIRTUAL TELEROBOTIC CONTROL

Published in

Proc. 25th Annual Conference of the Human Factors Association of Canada

Hamilton, Ont., 1992.

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Abstract

Taking a broader perspective than the conventional field of teleoperation and telerobotics, this paper proposes the concept of human robot synergism, as a practical approach to carrying out a variety of "intelligent" manipulation tasks whose procedures and environment may not be well anticipated beforehand. Such a human robot synergetic system would be essential not only for transferring human problem solving capabilities to hazardous environments where telerobots are now being applied, but also for situations which require unusual strength or precision, such as in certain type of surgery.

The pros and cons of four basic design models, namely master/slave, telepresence, teacher/student and supervisor/companion, are discussed. While telepresence is currently attracting great research interest, we feel communicative supervisor/companion approach should not be overlooked and may reveal more advantages of human robot synergetic systems.The paper discusses continuous vs. discrete languages as communication formats in human robot synergy. In accordance with conceptual framework, "Virtual control" concept and its technical implementation are also briefly presented.

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