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Degree

Master of Engineering Science

Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Supervisor

Dr. I. Polushin, Dr. R. V. Patel

Abstract

It was previously established that the projection-based force reflection (PBFR) algorithms improve the overall stability of a force reflecting teleoperation system. The idea behind the PBFR algorithms is to identify the component of the reflected force which is compensated by interaction with the operator's hand, and subsequently attenuate the residual component of the reflected force. If there is no a priori information regarding the behaviour of the human operator, the PBFR gain is selected equal to sufficiently small constant in order to guarantee stability for a wide range of human operator responses. Small PBRF gains, however, may deteriorate the transparency of a teleoperator system. In this thesis, a new method for selecting the PBFR gain is introduced which depends on human postures. Using an online human posture estimation, the introduced posture-dependent PBFR algorithm has been applied to a teleoperation system with force feedback. It is experimentally demonstrated that the developed method for selection of the PBFR gain based on human postures improves the transparency of the teleoperator system while the stability is preserved. Finally, preliminary results that deal with an extension of the developed methods towards a more realistic model of the human arm with 4 degrees of freedom and three dimensional movements are presented.


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