The winners of this year's Innovation Award on the "Real-World Interaction Challenge" have been announced: it’s the members of Team CoAware from Italy. The experts from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia were able to convince the international jury with their demonstration in the areas of dynamic human modeling, image processing and interaction control for robots. The team can now look forward to a prize of 20,000 euros.
At the booth of the Innovation Award, the team demonstrated how motion and ergonomics can be monitored and optimized in real time through a dynamic model – based on a LBR iiwa and proprietary software. With a gripper hand, the lightweight independently gripped for objects such as a metallic cylinder and led it to a worker who could then handle the workpiece ergonomically using a polishing machine (more on this in the video playlist).
"The idea is to make robots collaborate with humans – not to avoid them. This requires a lot of data fusion and is the biggest challenge we have", one of the team members said before the decision was announced. Team CoAware mastered this challenge convincingly at Hannover Messe 2018.