Handing over objects is a basic routine in any cooperative scenario. We humans perform many handovers in our everyday lives and even when we never really think about each handover, we generally execute them efficiently and with ease. However, object handover is still a challenging task for many current robot systems. When handing over an object to a person, it is very important for the robot to time the release of the object carefully. Letting go too soon could result in dropping the object and letting go too late may result in the receive pulling very hard on the object.
The goal of my research is to teach robots how to hand over objects to humans safely, efficiently, and intuitively, through understanding the haptic interaction in human-to-human handovers. By enabling robots to perform handovers well, we will be able to allow more natural human-robot interaction.
W. P. Chan, C. A. C. Parker, H. F. M. Van der Loos, and E. A. Croft, “Teaching Robots How to Share : Grip Forces and Load Forces in Handovers,” in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2012, pp. 9–16.
W. P. Chan, C. A. C. Parker, H. F. M. Van der Loos, and E. A. Croft, “Teaching Robots How to Share : Grip Forces and Load Forces in Handovers,” Abstract in Proceedings of the 2012 Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop (HRI Pioneers 2012), 2012, pp. 42-43.