Research Update by Fraunhofer IML
Fraunhofer IML is currently working on the detection of the stress of human workers utilizing a Brain Computer Interface (BCI). Simple cognitive tests are conducted with several subjects. At the end, the subjects have to complete a questionnaire in addition. This helps the researchers to better understand cognitive load under certain circumstances and help robotic assistants to adapt to the workers’ needs in stressful situations. Additionally, the team at IML is evaluating a variety of trajectory planners for industrial robots. Findings will help to adequately adapt the robot’s motion to the human in a way he feels comfortable when collaborating with robots.