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University at Buffalo

Collaborative Robot Safety: Design & Deployment

University at Buffalo and State University of New York via Coursera


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As robots evolve and increasingly interact with humans, enhancing the safety of personnel working with these “collaborative robots” (cobots) is vital. This course equips you to assess the safety of a collaborative robot workcell and prevent the chances of injury or harm. It imparts industry-endorsed safety standards, technical report recommendations and best practices from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Learners are introduced to similarities and differences between traditional robots, cobots and conventional machinery before delving into risk assessments, causes of robot accidents and collaborative applications. Material also includes key design techniques for reducing collision forces and a methodology for safety testing. Main concepts are delivered through videos, demos and hands-on exercises. To learn more, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:


  • Best Practices
    • In this module, we will discuss safety training, robots, conventional machinery, risk assessments and standards.
  • Robots to Cobots
    • In this module, we will discuss accidents and design of safe work cells.
  • Safety-Minded Design
    • This module contains information regarding robot applications and safety.
  • Collaborative Workcells
    • This module provides information on collaborative work cell design, risk and design.

Taught by

Brian Carlisle and Akshay Sivadas


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