Touch Perception for Robots

Collaborative Learning and Adaptive Robots (CLeAR) Lab.

The ability of humans to navigate our environment is heavily dependent on the quality and speed of sensing. Tactile sensing, or the sensation of touch and pressure, is especially important for both coarse and fine object manipulation tasks, such as handling parcels and writing. Humans utilize tactile sensing data in real time for muscle path planning, fast tactile perception, tacto-object recognition, and overall human mobility. Similarly, robots tasked with service activities that require interacting with humans or objects require fast and reliable tactile feedback. At CLeAR, we are particularly interested in how perception with next-generation skin can be used to enhance physical human-robot interaction for trustworthy collaboration.