Behind the wall

Human robot interaction and collaboration with a visual barrier 

VR Study concept

In the past, Industrial robots typically operated in caged spaces separate from humans to ensure safety

Technological advances enabled the development of smaller robots with better, cheaper sensors and better safety measures

Collaborative robots (co-bots): a class of robots designed to interact in proximity (or direct contact) with humans

  • Automating specific subtasks of complex processes
  • High precision and repeatability
  • Smaller payloads
  • Higher safety

Project Goals

  • To investigate ways to create an environment where humans and robots can seamlessly and safely collaborate on complex tasks in the absence of direct line-of-sight
  • Explore different tools for robot-to-human intent communication and signaling


  • Khaled Kassem
  • Tobias Ungerböck
  • Florian Michahelles

Open theses