Robotic systems will create new forms of collaboration between humans and machines in the future.
Innovative technologies give new significance to the interactions between people and tech-nology. The direct interaction between people and robots and other adaptive, partially au-tonomous assistance systems is one of the current areas of research at the BAuA.
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What was impossible with classic industrial robots in the past is now becoming a reality with new, collaborative robot systems: people and robots will work together directly and share physical work space. There are also numerous new opportunities for the use of robots in the service sector. The range of possible interactions between people and robots is therefore wide. For these reasons, a systematic observation of the respective consequences can and should make full use of the potential for work design which is foresighted and humane.
Among others, questions have been raised regarding the humane task allocation and linking of technology, the feedback strategies, the context-sensitive provision of information and the shaping of humane decision latitude, as well as questions surrounding the corresponding psychological stresses and strains.
The goal of the field of activity is to provide science-based answers to questions relating to the humane interaction with new technology, such as lightweight robots and other partially autonomous assistance systems. The next step is to publish the results and to use them in the scope of the policy consultation and the standardisation.