Electronic Skin With Energy Autonomous Proximity Sensing for Human-Robot Interaction

Escobedo, P. , Ntagios, M. and Dahiya, R. (2020) Electronic Skin With Energy Autonomous Proximity Sensing for Human-Robot Interaction. In: IEEE Sensors 2020, 25-28 Oct 2020, ISBN 9781728168012 (doi:10.1109/SENSORS47125.2020.9278896)

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Abstract

Electronic skin or eSkin is critical to enhance the interactive capabilities of robots through physical contact. The current approaches to develop this capability involve using multiple sensors distributed on robot’s body. Energy requirement of such eSkin is currently met through batteries, which is not ideal as it may reduce the operational time and requires frequent charging. In this work, we present an eSkin consisting of distributed energy autonomous proximity sensors. The eSkin contains an array of miniaturized solar cells to generate energy needed for infrared LEDs based proximity sensors. As a proof of concept, the eSkin has been integrated in an industrial robot arm UR5 and proximity sensing has been shown to enable safe Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Escobedo, Dr Pablo and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Ntagios, Markellos
Authors: Escobedo, P., Ntagios, M., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
ISSN:2168-9229
ISBN:9781728168012
Published Online:09 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Sensors 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering
170185Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M002527/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering