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Sensors for Safe, Collaborative Robots in Smart Manufacturing



Jeremy Marvel


The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing performance metrics for collaborative robotic systems for smart manufacturing applications. Using a suite of sensor platforms, feedback mechanisms, and novel test artifacts, NIST seeks to provide industry with the means to characterize the performance of robots working collaboratively with humans and other robots. This report serves to outline the applications, requirements, and developmental opportunities for the sensors being used toward this effort. Sensing for safety, human-robot interaction, human-machine interfaces, and multi-robot coordination performance are discussed
Proceedings Title
IEEE Sensors
Conference Dates
October 29-November 1, 2017
Conference Location
Glasgow, UK
Conference Title
Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors


human-robot collaboration, collaborative robots, robot safety, human-robot interaction, multi-robot coordination, human-robot interaction


Marvel, J. (2017), Sensors for Safe, Collaborative Robots in Smart Manufacturing, IEEE Sensors, Glasgow, UK, [online],, (Accessed February 26, 2024)
Created November 30, 2017, Updated April 11, 2022