Since joining the faculty at CMU in 2012 I have been expanding a body of research investigating traditional architectural plastering techniques augmented by collaborative robotic technology. Central to this investigation is a growing conviction that human skill in the building trades is an essential component of human-robot collaboration in high-skill domains. Using Motion Capture technology to track hand-held plastering tools, we generate informed robot motion control with the practiced dexterity of experienced plasterers. Given the fact that humans train for years to master certain skills, it seems plausible that robots should apprentice as well.
Augmented Plastering: Dynamic Sketching and Robotic Plastering
Research: IDeATe Research Thrust, Human Machine Virtuosity
Collaborators: Garth Zeglin
Video Production: David Blackwell, Brian Smith, Joshua Bard
Presented At: SXSW Interactive Festival, 2015