Semi-Autonomous 3rd Hand (3rd Hand)

Type: International Project

Duration: from 2016 Apr 01 to 2017 Sep 30

Financed by: European Commission - 7th Framework Programme

Prime Contractor: INESC-ID (Other)

Robot-based small series production requires a major breakthrough in robotics: the development of a new class of semi-autonomous robots that can decrease this cost substantially. Such robots need to be aware of the human worker, alleviating him from the monotonous repetitive tasks while keeping him in the loop where his intelligence makes a substantial difference. In this project, we pursue this breakthrough by developing a semi-autonomous robot assistant that acts as a third hand of a human worker. It will be straightforward to instruct even by an untrained layman worker, allow for efficient knowledge transfer between tasks and enable a effective collaboration between a human worker with a robot third hand. The main contributions of this project will be the scientific principles of semi-autonomous human-robot collaboration, a new semi-autonomous robotic system that is able to: i) learn cooperative tasks from demonstration; ii) learn from instruction; and iii) transfer knowledge between tasks and environments. We will demonstrate its efficiency in the collaborative assembly of an IKEA-like shelf where the robot acts as a semiautonomous 3rd-Hand.


  • INESC-ID (Other)
  • INRIA (Other)
  • Technische Universität Darmstatd (University) - Darmstadt, Germany
  • Universität Innsbruck (University) -Austria
  • Universität Stuttgart (University) -Germany

Principal Investigators