In this talk I would like to share my experience and observations on how haptic and vestibular sensory modalities can be used to improve performance and safety of human-robot interaction. First, I will introduce some of my work on bilateral teleoperation of mobile robots and will show how haptic feedback can improve the performance of robot control. Then, I will briefly speak about the sense of balance in humans and will demonstrate how human balancing strategies and behaviours can be implemented in bioinspired humanoid robots. Lastly, I will present recent results on co-control in human-exoskeleton interaction to improve balancing and stability during walking.
Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov is a Lecturer in Robotics at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London. Before joining QMUL he was a research associate at Imperial College of London where he was involved in human-robot interaction research in European projects BALANCE, SYMBITRON and COGIMON. He got his Ph.D. with distinctions in Robotics from University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI Sorbonne in 2013 (Paris, France), M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University of Technology and Education in 2008 (Cheonan, South Korea), and B.Sc. with honours in Automation and Control from Moscow State University of Technology STANKIN in 2006 (Moscow, Russia). His primary research interests are in the field of human-robot/computer interaction, in particular haptics, teleoperation, human sensory motor system, as well in design and control of robotic systems. He currently works on human balance control and its implementation for lower limb exoskeletons.