Project based at
Lead Partner Organisation
Design Factors: Integrated Design of Collaborative Robots, Products, and Manufacturing Environment
PhD Researcher: Fikre Gebremeskel
Primary Supervisor: Dr Matthias Guertler
The ultimate goal of this PhD project is to support companies in implementing collaborative robots (cobots). A key focus is on exploring socio-technical interdependencies between cobot, products to be manipulated, and the manufacturing workplaces. This will help to identify how products and workplaces affect the choice and design of a cobot, and how those need to be adjusted to best accommodate the new cobot.
Aside from developing a suitable approach to model and analyse these interdependencies, the new industrial cobot cell at UTS will allow for testing and evaluating insights in the context of different use cases. This will also contribute to the central goal of the cobot cell research to turn a traditional industrial robot (Kuka KR600) into a collaborative one.