Title

THINK Robots

Faculty Advisor

Padir, Taskin

Faculty Advisor

Wulf, Sharon A

Abstract

Retailers rely on Kiva Systems’ warehouse robots to deliver order-fulfillment services, but current systems are frequently interrupted and require physical barriers to ensure compliance with safety regulations since Kiva does not currently rely on the obstacle detection system to contribute to the functional safety of its overall system. After evaluating operating scenarios and detection technologies, a solution comprised of a stereo vision system to detect static objects and a radio ranging system to identify humans in the vicinity was designed, built, and verified, with the aim of reducing undue downtime and allowing humans and robots to safely interact without physical restrictions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Business

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