Virtual prototyping of human-robot collaboration

UMSI professor Lionel Robert will be joining engineering professors Vineet Kamat and SangHyun Lee on this MCubed project that will study the use of visual prototyping techniques in the modeling and study of human and robot motion for a number of applications. 

Start date: 11/28/2012
End date: 11/28/2014

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In the context of visually stimulating construction tasks, the emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers a significant opportunity to study human, robot, and collaborative human-robot motion in the performance of repetitive tasks in unstructured work environments. BIM is an intelligent modeling process that generates digital representations of physical places. It strives to create and manage building and infrastructure projects with faster and more economical methods, and with less environmental impact. 

Conceptualizing BIM as the spatial context (stage) for visual simulations, this project will study the feasibility of using Virtual Prototyping (VP) techniques to rapidly model and study human and robot motion for several productivity, ergonomics, and free-form fabrication applications.


MCubed Seed Grant: Virtual Prototyping of Human-Robot Collaboration in Unstructured Construction Environments, University of Michigan, $60,000


MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact.