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Human-Robot Workforce

This program is led by Queensland University of Technology with all four projects based there.

Transformations driven by market globalisation, mass customisation and the use of cyber-physical systems and digitisation are changing the skills and capabilities required of managers and the advanced manufacturing workforce.

The contemporary workforce can be characterised as male, low-to-medium skilled and ageing, with a shortage of available workers. On-the-job coordination between robots and human workers have provided partial solutions to challenges across the sector. However, deployment of collaborative robots demands new and higher order skills, new managerial capabilities and a more diverse workforce profile.

The projects aim to answer research questions associated with: future skills; design and safety of jobs of the future; managing workplace readiness for the successful implementation of collaborative robotics; and the benefits of greater workforce diversity and longevity.

The Projects will be conducted within and between organisational partners and job categories. The findings will thus address emerging issues at the job, organisation and industry levels and be transferable across the manufacturing sector.

Learn more about the researchers participating in this program.

Penny Williams

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Workforce program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Paula McDonald

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Workforce program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Greg Hearn

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Workforce program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Glenda Caldwell

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

Chief Investigator
Swinburne University of Technology
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Anjali Tumkur Jaiprakash

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Learn more about the research projects that are part of this program.

Project 5.1: The Future Workforce – Skills and Security

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Project 5.2: Manufacturing Jobs of the Future

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Project 5.3: Managing for workplace readiness

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Project 5.4: Diversity and Longevity of the Manufacturing Workforce

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