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Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction (SAPHARI)
Start date: Nov 1, 2011, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Description Recent progress in physical Human-Robot Interaction showed that active and safe workspace sharing becomes possible in principle. SAPHARI will perform a fundamental paradigm shift in robot development in the sense that the human will be the centre of the entire design. The project will enable robots to track, understand and predict human motions in a weakly structured dynamic environment in real-time. The project will focus on industrial use cases that require contacts and force exchange in human-robot co-work, as well as on professional service scenarios in hospitals, in which a medical staff and an assisting robot interact closely during daily work. Results of this project will impact all applications where interactive robots can assist humans and release them from dangerous or routine tasks.
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