Human supporting production cell "Attentive Workbench"

Masao Sugi, Yusuke Tamura, Makoto Nikaido, Jun Ota, Tamio Arai, Kiyoshi Takamasu, Kiyoshi Kotani, Akio Yamamoto, Hiromasa Suzuki, Yoichi Sato, Fumihiko Kimura, Seiichi Shin

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We have proposed "Attentive Workbench (AWB)," a new cell production system in which an intelligent system supports human workers. Recognizing worker's condition and intention, the system supports workers from both physical and information aspects. This paper deals with physical assembly support using self-moving parts trays. The system delivers necessary assembly parts to workers and clears finished products quickly. On transporting large products, multiple trays are subjected to form a rigid body working as a large single tray. In order to realize this arrangement of trays in real-time, a planning method based on the priority scheme and heuristic rule is proposed. Self-moving trays and a simple gesture-based interface are integrated to show a real example of deskwork support.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Autonomous Systems 9, IAS 2006
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, IAS 2006 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2006 Mar 72006 Mar 9

Publication series

NameIntelligent Autonomous Systems 9, IAS 2006


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, IAS 2006


  • Assembly support
  • Cell production systems
  • Gesture recognition
  • Human-robot interfaces


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