WareVR: Virtual Reality Interface for Supervision of Autonomous Robotic System Aimed at Warehouse Stocktaking

Ivan Kalinov, Daria Trinitatova, Dzmitry Tsetserukou

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Abstract

WareVR is a novel human-robot interface based on a virtual reality (VR) application to interact with a heterogeneous robotic system for automated inventory management. We have created an interface to supervise an autonomous robot remotely from a secluded workstation in a warehouse that could benefit during the current pandemic COVID-19 since the stocktaking is a necessary and regular process in warehouses, which involves a group of people. The proposed interface allows regular warehouse workers without experience in robotics to control the heterogeneous robotic system consisting of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). WareVR provides visualization of the robotic system in a digital twin of the warehouse, which is accompanied by a real-time video stream from the real environment through an onboard UAV camera. Using the WareVR interface, the operator can conduct different levels of stocktaking, monitor the inventory process remotely, and teleoperate the drone for a more detailed inspection. Besides, the developed interface includes remote control of the UAV for intuitive and straightforward human interaction with the autonomous robot for stocktaking. The effectiveness of the VR-based interface was evaluated through the user study in a 'visual inspection' scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2139-2145
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665442077
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2021 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 17 Oct 202120 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2021
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period17/10/2120/10/21

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