Designing the social robot Elvis: how to select an optimal joint configuration for effective gesturing

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Abstract

Depending on their exact application, social robots have been designed with different arm morphologies, ranging from under-actuated designs to arms featuring 9 degrees of freedom (DOF). It is however difficult to investigate if the chosen arm morphology is indeed the best possible solution for the intended application. Different design aspects, such as the number of DOF, the exact collocation of the joints, the link lengths and the joint angle range, all have a direct influence on the expressibility of the robot. Therefore, it is difficult to isolate the influence of one specific design parameter. To give insights in the effect of different design aspects on the performance of specified motions and help in making substantiated trade-off's in the design process of new robots, we developed a tool, based on the calculation of gestures for different morphologies and their visualization on one single virtual model. In this paper, we illustrate how this methodology was followed to select an optimal morphology for our new social robot Elvis. A preliminary gesture study indicated three joint configurations that could be particularly interesting for the intended application of our robot. Both the effect of individual joint placement, as well as the influence of joint angle range was investigated by performing a gesture study in simulation. To validate the output of the methodology, the three studied morphologies were physically realized and tested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)
PublisherIEEE
Pages300-307
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665441391
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021
EventIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics 2021 - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021
https://aim2021.org/

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NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2021-July

Conference

ConferenceIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics 2021
Abbreviated titleAIM 2021
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period12/07/2116/07/21
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