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Innovations at ICRA 2017

At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Singapore KUKA presented innovative applications with its research partners from Singapore.  From 29 May to 3 June 2017 the world’s largest robotics conference offered researchers from across the globe a platform to discuss the latest in robotics and automation.

Together with research partners from Singapore KUKA showcases the lightweight robot LBR iiwa in two innovative applications: Learning by demonstration for easy adaption of trajectories and learning of dynamic object handover.

Learning by Demonstration application

Singapore’s A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research shows a flexible Learning by Demonstration application, permitting online adaptation of robot behaviours for industrial manufacturing. The framework implemented on the KUKA LBR iiwa robot is targeted at helping small and medium manufacturing enterprises with high-mix low-volume production needs. The exhibit can be intuitively operated by the visitor to teach a production task initially and to incrementally optimize trajectories or to quickly adapt them to varying products and tasks.

Our Fair Team at the ICRA 2017

We highlight innovative approaches of our research partners at this year’s ICRA to demonstrate the full potential of our open hardware and software platforms

Dr. Rainer Bischoff, Head of KUKA Corporate Research

Dynamic object handover

The Advanced Robotics Centre at the National University of Singapore is researching one of the most important physical interaction channels between humans and robots – the dynamic handover of objects. Here, the robot needs to adapt its behavior to environmental features and human characteristics, such as height, agility and individual preferences. Visitors passing by the LBR iiwa experience a smooth dynamic handover of a bottle of water. By using this adaptation technique, future service robots will not have to be programmed perfectly upon delivery, but will be able to adapt autonomously to the need of human partners.

Handshake with a LBR iiwa.