Safe Human-Robot Interaction Through Crowd Contact Video Analysis

  • Fernando GarciaEmail author
  • Alexandre MazelEmail author
  • Arturo Cruz MayaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11876)


This work proposes a contact management approach using Pepper robot, which focuses on safety constraints for navigation through cluttered environments. Firstly, we conduct an analytical study to identify the most common undesired physical contacts between humans in crowded scenes. Based on that, a set of recommendations for robot reaction is provided. Special emphasis is given to contact detection and reaction by proposing a sensorless detection method and different body compliance strategies, respectively, that match the safety guidelines proposed. Finally, an experimental validation is conducted in a controlled environment and through user studies.


Social robots pHRI Contact management Humanoid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Softbank Robotics EuropeParisFrance

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