Published in: Sensors: Volume 21 (Issue 14)
Nils Mandischer; Tobias Huhn; Mathias Hüsing; Burkhard Corves
In the EU project SHAREWORK, methods are developed that allow humans and robots to collaborate in an industrial environment. One of the major contributions is a framework for task planning coupled with automated item detection and localization. In this work, we present the methods used for detecting and classifying items on the shop floor. Important in the context of SHAREWORK is the user-friendliness of the methodology. Thus, we renounce heavy-learning-based methods in favor of unsupervised segmentation coupled with lenient machine learning methods for classification. Our algorithm is a combination of established methods adjusted for fast and reliable item detection at high ranges of up to eight meters. In this work, we present the full pipeline from calibration, over segmentation to item classification in the industrial context. The pipeline is validated on a shop floor of 40 sqm and with up to nine different items and assemblies, reaching a mean accuracy of 84% at 0.85 Hz.