HEALTH AND SAFETY PLATFORM FOR HUMAN-EXOSKELETON INTERACTION IN COLLABORATIVE TASKS IN TIMBER CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The project proposes a method to ensure health and safety in human-exoskeleton interaction based on a smart platform in collaborative tasks. The platform receives and transforms data from the worker's physiological signals such as muscle activation and body joints kinematics. These signals allow estimating and classifying levels of muscle fatigue, and identifying the body posture during the task respectively (applications). In addition, the platform is able to integrate the exoskeleton´s assistive force (in the case of the powered type). Based on the interconnection of these applications, the platform can detect pattern anomalies with a high risk of a possible accident and/or injuries. Then, relevant information is sent to the workers for taking a decision or executing a preventive action. Finally, RP24-1 assesses the platform in scenarios with passive and active (powered) exoskeletons in collaborative tasks. The challenges in the latter are higher because humans wear robotic devices, and any inaccurate movement that the task demands could compromise the wearer's health.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl
Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF), University of Stuttgart
Dr. Nelson Enrique Bances Purizaca (IFF)