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A new algorithm helps robots predict the paths people take in structured environments like the factory floor, which may further enable close collaboration between humans and machines.

On a factory floor, robots are programmed to stop momentarily if a person passes by. The robot often freezes in place long before a person crosses its path. While robots can predict where a person is headed, they can’t anticipate how long the person spends at any point along their predicted path.

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors to accurately anticipate the timing of a person’s motion. When applied on a factory floor, instead of freezing in place, the robot simply rolled on and was safely out of the way by the time the person walked by again.


Motion Design Magazine

This article first appeared in the June, 2019 issue of Motion Design Magazine.

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