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An approach for learning from robots using formal languages and automata

Muhammet Fatih Aslan (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey Universitesi, Karaman, Turkey)
Akif Durdu (Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Konya Technical University, Konya, Turkey)
Kadir Sabancı (Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey Universitesi, Karaman, Turkey)
Kemal Erdogan (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Konya Technical University, Konya, Turkey)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 24 June 2019

Issue publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

In this study, human activity with finite and specific ranking is modeled with finite state machine, and an application for human–robot interaction was realized. A robot arm was designed that makes specific movements. The purpose of this paper is to create a language associated to a complex task, which was then used to teach individuals by the robot that knows the language.

Design/methodology/approach

Although the complex task is known by the robot, it is not known by the human. When the application is started, the robot continuously checks the specific task performed by the human. To carry out the control, the human hand is tracked. For this, the image processing techniques and the particle filter (PF) based on the Bayesian tracking method are used. To determine the complex task performed by the human, the task is divided into a series of sub-tasks. To identify the sequence of the sub-tasks, a push-down automata that uses a context-free grammar language structure is developed. Depending on the correctness of the sequence of the sub-tasks performed by humans, the robot produces different outputs.

Findings

This application was carried out for 15 individuals. In total, 11 out of the 15 individuals completed the complex task correctly by following the different outputs.

Originality/value

This type of study is suitable for applications to improve human intelligence and to enable people to learn quickly. Also, the risky tasks of a person working in a production or assembly line can be controlled with such applications by the robots.

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Acknowledgements

Authors are thankful to RAC-LAB (www.rac-lab.com) for providing the trial version of their commercial software for this study.

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Citation

Aslan, M.F., Durdu, A., Sabancı, K. and Erdogan, K. (2019), "An approach for learning from robots using formal languages and automata", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 4, pp. 490-498. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-11-2018-0240

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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