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Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems

How do we design robots that work better with humans

This program is headquartered at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with three projects that are based at both QUT and UTS.

Human Robot Collaboration is part of a surrounding socio-technical factory system. For successful utilisation of collaborative robots, including their autonomy and flexibility, it is important to consider their relationship to humans in work practices, places, and systems.

In addition to human factors, key design factors include the products to be manufactured by the collaborative robot, the overarching manufacturing process, and the space requirements that support human-robot interaction and collaboration. On the one hand, these aspects influence the suitability and position of a collaborative robot within the manufacturing process. On the other hand, they themselves are also affected by the collaborative robot, or need to be adapted to increase the performance of a collaborative robot working with humans.

The aim of this Program and its included projects is to embed holistic design as a critical factor in creating seamless integration of humans and machines working together to improve human work conditions and environments, and increase effectiveness and efficiencies in production, as well as workforce acceptance.

Learn more about the researchers participating in this program.

Glenda Caldwell

Research Program Co-lead (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Matthias Guertler

Research Program Co-lead (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Lee Clemon

Research Program Co-lead (Quality Assurance and Compliance program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Jochen Deuse

Associate Director (Industry Engagement)
University of Technology Sydney
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Anjali Tumkur Jaiprakash

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Learn more about the researchers participating in this program.

Project 3.1: Human Factors in collaborative robotics

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Project 3.2: Design Factors: Integrated design of collaborative robots, product & manufacturing environment

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Project 3.3: Augmented and virtual reality in collaborative robotics

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