CRAOS: Collaborative Robots Applied in Open Spaces
Ensuring safety for collaborative robotic applications in public spaces
In the CRAOS project, we are working with Fraunhofer Austria to develop methods to provide instructions for the safety validation of collaborative robots in public spaces, especially at trade fairs and exhibitions. Protocols or checklists will be developed to increase safety for collaborative robot applications in public spaces - in particular for collaborative serial robot systems and sensitive mobile manipulators. The reason for focusing on this specific domain of application is that robots in public spaces impose higher risks of unintended human-robot contacts compared to well-studied shop floor applications. In addition, collaborative robots in public spaces are difficult to validate, as relevant standards and directives are not sufficiently applicable. Ultimately, the work in this project is intended to standardize and improve the safety of trade fair visitors.
Key areas in the project:
- Development of safety protocols
- Increase the safety of collaborative serial robots in public spaces
- Increasing the security of sensitive mobile manipulators in public areas
CRAOS has received financing through a COVR award. The project COVR - "being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces" is granted by the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union under grant agreement no. 779966.
Project period: 03/2020 - 05/2021