Press release on "Sensitive robots are safer"


Thanks to the skin developed by Prof. Gordon Cheng and his team, robot H-1 is able to feel the touch of a human. New control algorithms made it possible for the first time to apply artificial skin to a human-sized robot. Copyright: A. Eckert / TUM.

Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings – a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin. This is the topic of a press release by TUM, send out today on the occasion of the publication of the paper:

Gordon Cheng, Emmanuel Dean-Leon, Florian Bergner, J. Rogelio Guadarrama Olvera, Quentin Leboutet and Philipp Mittendorfer, "A Comprehensive Realization of Robot Skin: Sensors, Sensing, Control, and Applications". Proceedings of the IEEE (2019). DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2019.2933348.

Read the complete text of the press release here. (German version here.)

There is also a illustrating the concept: