Rubbing shoulders with mobile service robots

Dayoub, Feras, Morris, Timothy, & Corke, Peter (2015) Rubbing shoulders with mobile service robots. IEEE Access, 3, pp. 333-342.

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This paper is not about the details of yet another robot control system, but rather the issues surrounding realworld robotic implementation. It is a fact that in order to realise a future where robots co-exist with people in everyday places, we have to pass through a developmental phase that involves some risk. Putting a “Keep Out, Experiment in Progress” sign on the door is no longer possible since we are now at a level of capability that requires testing over long periods of time in complex realistic environments that contain people. We all know that controlling the risk is important – a serious accident could set the field back globally – but just as important is convincing others that the risks are known and controlled. In this article, we describe our experience going down this path and we show that mobile robotics research health and safety assessment is still unexplored territory in universities and is often ignored. We hope that the article will make robotics research labs in universities around the world take note of these issues rather than operating under the radar to prevent any catastrophic accidents.

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ID Code: 83773
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Accidents, Human factors, Mobile robots, Performance evaluation, Quality of service, Service robots, Social implications of technology
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2015.2424273
ISSN: 2169-3536
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 by IEEE
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2015 22:17
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 16:01

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