Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Kim-Doang Nguyen


Collaboration, Computer vision, Robotics


The number of robotic systems in the world is growing rapidly. However, most industrial robots are isolated in caged environments for the safety of users. There is an urgent need for human-in-the-loop collaborative robotic systems since robots are very good at performing precise and repetitive tasks but lack the cognitive ability and soft skills of humans. To fill this need, a key challenge is how to enable a robot to interpret its human co-worker’s motion and intention. This research addresses this challenge by developing a collaborative human-robot interface via innovations in computer vision, robotics, and system integration techniques. Specifically, this work integrates a holistic framework of cameras, motion sensors, and a 7-degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator controlled by vision data processing and motion planning algorithms implemented in the open-source robotics middleware Robot Operating System (ROS).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Human-robot interaction.
Computer vision.

Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



Rights Statement

In Copyright