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Daniel B.,Budapest University of Technology and Economics | Korondi P.,Budapest University of Technology and Economics | Sziebig G.,Narvik University College | Thomessen T.,PPM AS
Acta Polytechnica Hungarica | Year: 2014

A new approach for industrial robot user interfaces is necessary due to the fact that small and medium sized enterprises are more interested in automation. The increasing number of robot applications in small volume production requires new techniques to ease the use of these sophisticated systems. In this paper shop floor operation is in the focus. A Flexible Graphical User Interface is presented which is based on cognitive infocommunication (CogInfoCom) and implements the Service Oriented Robot Operation concept. The definition of CogInfoCom icons is extended by the introduction of identification, interaction and feedback roles. The user interface is evaluated with experiments. Results show that a significant reduction in task execution time and a lower number of required interactions is achieved because of the intuitiveness of the system with human centered design.

Thomessen T.,PPM AS | Lian B.H.R.,Mid Sweden University | Niitsuma M.,Chuo University
2015 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015 | Year: 2015

The global industry is developing towards smaller and smaller batch sizes in production due to the high pressure on Just-in-time production. This has led to the need for providing cost efficient support to robot users, especially SMEs having limited internal resources and competence to setup, maintain and reconfigure their industrial robot systems. In this study, a new method for the remote operation of industrial robot systems is presented. The method is based upon multi-modal man-machine communication and sensor bridging to transfer huge amounts of information from the industrial robot cell to the brain of the remote operator. The general methodology is explained, however, a special focus is put on gripping and stick-slip detecting in order to provide optimal grasping conditions during robot operations; especially during remote operation. © 2015 IEEE.

Suzuki K.,Chuo University | Thomessen T.,PPM AS | Niitsuma M.,Chuo University
2015 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015 | Year: 2015

This paper evaluates a wristband-type tactile interface as a user interface for controlling an industrial robot remotely. When operating a remote monitoring system, information delivery from a local site to an operator at a remote site is important. Visual and auditory feedback is often used. However, perception of the information might be limited if different kinds of information in particular sense modality is delivered at the same time. To solve the problem, we proposed a tactile interface which uses tactile information and we evaluate it. First, we explain the remote operation system for industrial robot and interface, then after that, we present an experiment of vibrotactile information of industrial robot. © 2015 IEEE.

Muramatsu Y.,Chuo University | Niitsuma M.,Chuo University | Thomessen T.,PPM AS
3rd IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2012 - Proceedings | Year: 2012

This paper proposes a vibrotactile glove interface that enabled users to perceive tactile sensations of virtual objects. The proposed vibrotactile interface was designed to be easy-to-use, easily portable, and lightweight. Active touch might also be useful to realize informative tactile communication. To provide tactile stimuli based on movement of the fingers, five bending sensors were installed on the glove. In this study, the relationship of the correspondence between vibrotactile stimuli and tactile mental imagery was investigated. Subjects' mental impressions of vibrotactile stimuli were measured by using the semantic differential (SD) method. Distinctive imagery from subjects' answers was extracted for factor analysis. After that, a vibration stimuli model was applied to active touch. The tactile mental imagery of users was evaluated for both passive and active touches. © 2012 IEEE.

Aryania A.,Narvik University College | Daniel B.,Budapest University of Technology and Economics | Thomessen T.,PPM AS | Sziebig G.,Narvik University College
3rd IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2012 - Proceedings | Year: 2012

Robot controller user interface is one of the most technical challenging issues for robot manufacturers because of human presence as an actor in this interaction. Many developments made for having intuitive and easy interaction between user and robot controller while complexity of the robot systems is continuously increasing. © 2012 IEEE.

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