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Project 3.3: Augmented and virtual reality in collaborative robotics

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Augmented and Virtual Reality in Collaborative Robotics

This Project investigates co-design and development of immersive visualisation (i.e. augmented reality, virtual reality) approaches to simulate, prototype, and evaluate products and spaces for human-robot collaboration within real-world manufacturing processes and contexts. The benefits of using immersive visualisation approaches will include the ability to evaluate before, during, and after different collaborative robotic settings and necessary manufacturing process and spatial adaptations have been made. Additionally, human workers and decision makers can gain a better understanding of how a collaborative robot might affect their workplace and work procedures. Empowering these end-users through the co-design of immersive visualisations can improve collaborative robot acceptance rates and can allow for additional ideas about how to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of human-robot collaboration.

This project aims to utilise XR (Extended Reality) approaches to enhance decision-making within the context of Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC). Grounded in the methods of human-centered design and research through design, this research will identify the requirements for human decision-making in HRC, and delve into an exploration of how AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) technologies can effectively address these identified requirements to improve human decision-making.

Principal Supervisor: Professor Glenda Caldwell


Associated Researchers

Glenda Caldwell

Associate Director (Research Training)
Queensland University of Technology
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Alan Burden

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (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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Markus Rittenbruch

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Interaction program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Lee Clemon

Associate Investigator
University of Technology Sydney / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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