A new paper has been published in the journal of Robotics. The selected article is:
Filippo Sanfilippo, Martin Økter, Tine Eie and Morten Ottestad. Teaching Motion Control in Mechatronics Education Using an Open Framework Based on the Elevator Model. Machines 10(10), 2022. URL, DOI BibTeX
This work was supported by the Top Research Centre Mechatronics (TRCM), University of Agder (UiA), Norway.
I really thank all my co-authors and I congratulate all of them for their contribution.
I am very glad that our team, UiA - University of Agder, UiA - Mechatronics / Mekatronikk, Collaborative Robots team, is going to participate to TIGHT - Tactile InteGration for Humans and arTificial systems (III Edition) IEEE RO-MAN 2022, Full Day Workshop Hybrid format, Sept. 2nd, 2022.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, social and work activities have become mostly virtual, and haptic interaction with people (and things) have become in most cases impossible, due to lock-downs and limitations. In addition, even when possible, fundamental communication gestures like hugging, or shaking hands are now perceived as dangerous in view of the spread of the contagion. Haptic technologies may play a key role in helping us regain the haptic communication channel. In this workshop, we will discuss how new tactile communication interfaces and paradigms can be exploited in human-human interactions to convey emotions, guidance, and confidence, with a focus on visually impaired users. Part of the workshop will be devoted to applications of tactile communication in human-robot collaborative and assistive scenarios. In fact, in the last 10 years, especially with the advent of wearable technologies, it has been shown that haptic feedback plays an important role also in interfacing humans with robotic devices. Going beyond sensory substitution in teleoperation tasks, where the haptic interface feeds back the force exerted by the robot on a remote environment, wearable interfaces enable new uses of haptic feedback. When adopted in conjunction with assistive and collaborative robots, for example, tactile alerts or acknowledgments (e.g., ad-hoc designed vibration patterns) can increase the mutual understanding between the human and the robotic agents. Speakers with different backgrounds will talk about advantages and disadvantages of exploiting the tactile channel to transmit information in human-human and human-robot interactions, focusing, in particular, on the neuroscientific and technological challenges that derive from the use of wearable haptic interfaces.
Some of the results presented are part of the AugmentedWearEDU project, which includes the following partners:
During Arendalsuka, I had the pleasure to represent the University of Agder (UiA) by participating to an interesting panel discussion organised by Tvillingfabrikken. Other contributors to the panel were Innovation Norway, the SIVA incubator Proventia, the software tech company Dimension Four, as well as one of our customers Slamrensing. The panel discussion was entitled "How startups digitise SMEs in the industry". This is an interesting series of contributors that has led to innovation and digitisation in a green growth company like Slamrensing, while at the same time it has given Tvillingfabrikken a great foundation to build its business model and platform for digital twins.
With my contribution, I highlighted that digital twins represent the enabling technology for digitalising SMEs.