Design of an Autonomous Trash-Picking Service Robot Focussed on Human-Robot Interaction

A. Vazhapilli Sureshbabu, N. M. Martins Pacheco, L. I. Duran Noy, M. Zimmermann

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The design of service robots is typically treated as a mechatronic design problem aimed at implementation of its core technical functionalities. Intuitive operation and usability are ignored. We developed a trash-picking service robot with a strong focus on human-robot interaction (HRI) using the double diamond framework. The HRI-focussed hardware features were successfully implemented and tested. The results were shown to satisfy the ease of operation and usability requirements set as development goals for the robot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2523-2532
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2022 - Virtual, Online, Croatia
Duration: 23 May 202226 May 2022


  • conceptual design
  • design creativity
  • industrial design
  • interaction design
  • new product development


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