Over the last years, work systems consisting of humans and new types of robots have increasingly emerged and contribute to an improved efficient and competitive production in Europe. Their high degree of flexibility and reconfigurability can enable a more human-centred workplace design and thus prevent health risks and their effects on mental and physical performance. However, the potential of these technologies is still not sufficiently exploited yet. The aim of the joint research project SOPHIA is to develop new forms of socially interactive robots. These should enable a dynamic monitoring of the human-robot interaction and in addition, enable human-centred robot behaviour. A second aim is to improve employees' comfort, ergonomic parameters and reliability in hybrid production environments. Further a reconfigurable and resource-efficient production shall be realised. The core task of BAuA within the project is to provide the human-factors perspective. In addition to a human-centred development of human-robot teams, this includes the evaluation of scenarios and the derivation of concrete design recommendations. The scope of the evaluation lies within the interaction quality. More precisely, aspects regarding usability, technology acceptance and the change of task characteristics will be addressed. The SOPHIA project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871237.
Unit 2.3 "Human Factors, Ergonomics"
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