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Cobotics Quarterly – March 2024

March Cobotics Quarterly is now out! We’ve got lots of project updates. Read all about: * New partner – TAFE Queensland * New faces and goodbyes – Zongyuan Zhang, Victor Hernandez Moreno * Latest project updates and news with Jagannatha Charjee Pyaraka, Kartik Choudhary, * Upcomi...

Webinars

RoboBlox A new kind of breeze blocks

Last week, we were lucky to have Dr Müge Belek Fialho Teixeira, from QUT Engineering, Architecture and Built Environment and co-Lead of our Designing socio-Technical Robotic Systems research program, present her work on RoboBlox. RoboBlox are sustainable breeze blocks created via ruled-based sto...

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Reflections from the 2023 OZCHI workshop on Empowering People in Human-Robot Collaboration

At the OzCHI 2023 conference, a collaborative effort between researchers from the Australian Cobotics Centre (QUT and UTS) and CINTEL (CSIRO) resulted in a workshop titled “Empowering People in Human-Robot Collaboration: Why, How, When, and for Whom.” Building upon the success of the pre...

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Advanced Manufacturing The Challenges of Managing Change

A/Prof Penny Williams and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Melinda Laundon gave an engaging seminar on Advanced Manufacturing: The Challenges of Managing Change. Penny and Melinda, from the Centre’s ‘Human-Robot Workforce’ research program, presented on research into technology a...

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Human-Robot Collaboration in Healthcare: Challenges and Prospects

Amidst a global healthcare workforce shortage, technological advancements such as robotics offer promising avenues for improvement. Learn about the role of HRC in enhancing patient care and easing the burden on healthcare professionals in this article authored by Amir Asadi, PhD researcher at the Au...

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Parliamentary inquiry report into advanced manufacturing in Australia

Support from the Government through its policies and programs is vital for Australian manufacturing. Last year Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Melinda Laundon led our Centre’s submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into Advanced Manufacturing in Australia. As a result of this submi...

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Shorts Project (Phase 2) Highlights

One of our project highlights in 2023 was Phase 2 of the Shorts project with industry partner, InfraBuild. The project was a collaboration between University of Technology Sydney, QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and InfraBuild Sydney Bar Mill. Postdoctoral Research Fellow and project le...

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Cobotics Quarterly – December 2023

Our December Cobotics Quarterly is now out! What a busy few months it’s been. Read all about: * Our annual symposium * New faces and goodbyes * Latest project news * Links to our latest publications, articles and webinars * E.P.I.C. Researchers Anushani Bibile & Nadimul Haque * and so mu...

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Navigating Augmented Reality: User Interface and UX in Cobotics

Discover how Augmented Reality is transforming human-cobot interactions, reducing learning curves, and enhancing productivity. In this article, Alan Burden explores the possibilities, whilst also considering the ethical and safety aspects of this transformative technology. ...

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How to ensure quality assurance when integrating a cobot

Discover the importance of quality assurance in integrating collaborative robots (cobots) in manufacturing through Dr. Anushani Bibile and Dr. Michelle Dunn’s insightful article. Cobots offer flexibility and productivity, but continuous quality checks are essential due to their reconfigurable ...

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Cobots in manufacturing: Good for skill shortages and much more.

In today’s fast-paced tech world, staying ahead is crucial for success. Yet, many companies find it challenging to innovate and keep up with the times. In this article our Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Workforce program) and Chief Investigator greg hearn and PhD Researcher Nisar Ahme...

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Can we Unlock the Potential of Collaborative Robots?

In this article Dr Marc Carmichael and Louis Fernandez will explore the untapped potential of cobot-human collaboration, and how they hope to develop new ways of enabling humans and cobots to collaborate. ...

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Approaches to Planning and Productivity Improvements in Dynamic Production Systems

Manufacturing is facing increased competitiveness due to global pressures, and the Industry 4.0 revolution has brought valuable tools like simulation to enhance manufacturing systems. Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is widely used in the manufacturing sector to digitally test system changes before t...

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Human-Robot Collaboration through Augmented Reality

In this article Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alan Burden will focus on technologies that show immense potential in improving the harmony between humans and cobotic systems. ...

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Supporting the digitally-enabled manufacturing workforce: the role of education and training systems

In this webinar, our Postdoctoral Researcher Melinda Laundon, and TAFE Queensland’s Emerging Industries Business Development Manager, Shawn O’Sullivan explore how education and training systems can support a digitally-enabled workforce for the Australian manufacturing sector. They discuss...

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Why don’t cobots collaborate? Challenges & Opportunities in Human-Robot Collaboration

Despite the fact that they are designed to specifically work alongside humans, it is still most common for cobots to be utilised in a similar fashion to industrial robots, i.e. not interacting and totally separated from humans on the factory floor. In this engaging seminar, our Chief Investigator, D...

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Cobotics Quarterly – June 2023

Check out our latest newsletter. Find out about our: * Responses to the Australian Government’s Developing Advanced Manufacturing inquiry and National Robotics Strategy discussion paper * Attendance at Australian Manufacturing Week with Weld Australia in an article by PhD researcher Jagann...

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Collaborative Robots: The Benefits, Limitations and Potential for Australia

Collaborative robots, or cobots, are becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing due to their ability to work alongside humans safely and efficiently. This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of the benefits and limitations of collaborative robots, with insights into potential fu...

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6 Reasons Why We Need a Prototyping Toolkit for Designing Human-Robot Collaboration

Written by Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Stine S Johansen and PhD Researcher, James Dwyer Robots are making their way into industry, but companies still face many uncertainties about whether to make this expensive move. Many questions remain about how the robots can best be integrated in the e...

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Submission to the National Robotics Strategy Discussion Paper

In May 2023, the Australian Cobotics Centre made a submission to the National Robotics Strategy: discussion paper People using and collaborating with robots (cobots) will help enable Australians to realise their potential and create new sovereign manufacturing capabilities whose products can be expo...

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Implementing Collaborative Robots Cobots in the workplace seminar

Australian Cobotics Centre researchers Fikre Gebremeskel (PhD researcher) and Alan Burden (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) present an engaging seminar on implementing collaborative robots (cobots) in the workplace. They share their expertise on the planning, simulation and management of cobots while o...

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Australian Cobotics Centre – Future Manufacturing Floor

As part of the official launch of the Australian Cobotics Centre, the Centre’s Director, Professor Jonathan Roberts and Chief Investigator, Dr Anjali Tumkar Jaiprakash worked with 3D design specialist, Dr Benjamin Donnelly, to create a ‘manufacturing floor of the future’. This floo...

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Preserving Quality assurance & Compliance during emergent behaviour of Cobots in automated processes

As humans adapt and familiarise with their cobot teammates, emergent work patterns and behaviours are likely to evolve and be subject to change. In this talk, Anushani Bibile discusses the results of a scoping review she is conducting into quality assurance and compliance during emergent behaviour o...

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Advancing Manufacturing – Exploring the Human Element of the Journey

Jobs Queensland engaged Queensland  University of Technology (QUT) researchers from the newly established Australian Cobotics Centre (ACC) to conduct research on the progress against key priority action areas (PAAs) outlined in Advancing Manufacturing Skills: A Skills, Training and Workforce Develo...

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Guidelines for Safe Collaborative Robot Design and Implementation

This document provides an overview of the comprehensive guidelines. It describes relevant definitions of working with collaborative robots, summarises important cobot-specific hazards and safety measures, and outlines the five design principles to create a cobot-safe workplace. ...

Case studies

Advancing Manufacturing Case Studies

Advancing manufacturing: Two case studies – A report for Jobs Queensland. To inform a review of progress against the priority action areas (PAAs) outlined in Advancing Manufacturing Skills: A Skills, Training and Workforce Development Strategy for the Manufacturing Industry in Queensland, Jobs...

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Designing Shared Human-Robot Spaces – The Impact that Spatial Design Has on Socio-Technical Systems

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alan Burden explores the role of spatial design in socio-technical systems (STS) and its influence on human-robot teamwork. ...

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Submission to the inquiry into Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia

The Australian Cobotics Centre provided a submission for the Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia inquiry. Investment in robotics, automation and digitisation is essential for Australian manufacturing to remain globally competitive and to deliver planned large-scale infrastructure projects...

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A Very Brief Introduction to Socio-technical Systems: And How They Will Impact Our Future Robot Interactions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alan Burden has written a brief introduction to the broad subject of socio-technical systems and how approaching our interactions with technology from a holistic viewpoint allows us to design better for our futures. ...

Newsletters

Cobotics Quarterly – March 2023

In this issues, read about: our Advancing Manufacturing Report launch with Jobs Queensland our newest PhD researchers recent events we’ve been at including IEEE Human Robot Interaction Conference AIRAANZ conference Try-a-Trade in Gladstone latest project activity and much more…. ...

Webinars

Illustrating Robot Motion

In this presentation, Dr Stine Johansen, postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Australian Cobotics Centre, presents a study of reviewing papers from the ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2016-2022. This presentation gives an overview that can be used to support future dissemination wit...

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Cobotics Quarterly – December 2022

In December 2022’s newsletter, you can read about: our official launch event ‘Cobotic Improvisation’ performance by Dr Steph Hutchison, Marisa Bucolo and Dr Dasun Gunasinghe recent conference attendance, including ACRA, ANZAM and OzCHI awards for our reserachers, including Dr Tere...

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Leadership in factory automation – exploring collaborative robotics’ – Australian Manufacturing forum

Today Leadership in factory automation looks at the potential of collaborative robots as a low-cost, more flexible and safer alternative to traditional factory robots. By Professor Jonathan Roberts. ...

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How might cobots improve employee health and safety?

A taster of how Cobots could improve employee health and safety. Key health and safety challenges identified by partner organisations in the Australian Cobotics Centre include managing the risks associated with working with high temperature processes (such as preheating of cast and forged items) a...

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Here’s what HR needs to know about cobots – HRM Online

Australian Cobotics Centre Postdoctoral Research Fellow Melinda Laundon recently spoke to HRM Online about what the many benefits #cobots provide including the diversification of the manufacturing workforce. ...

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Australian Cobotics: Safer More Efficient, Globally Competitive, Manufacturing Industry

This Weld Australia magazine features an interview with Australian Cobotics Centre Director, Jonathan Roberts, who highlights the holistic and multidisciplinary approach the Centre will take in addressing the technological advances and the human and design factors that need to be considered when imp...

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Immersive Digital Twins for Designing Cobot Systems

Australian Cobotics Centre Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alan Burden, outlines some components and workflows for creating immersive digital twins, including head-mounted XR devices and the versatility of using game engines in this presentation. The first translation project developed by ACC Progr...

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Cobots Work, Health and Safety Guidelines Workshop

In this workshop seminar from 28th April 2022, Dr Matthias Guertler, presented key findings from an Australian Cobotics Centre (ACC)-associated project on cobot work health and safety (Cobot WHS), a joint interdisciplinary research project of the UTS Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, the UTS Roboti...

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Cobotics Quarterly – September 2022

In this issue: an overview of our first year awards for our researchers recent activity including a workshop at B&R Enclosures upcoming conferences and events ...

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Opportunities and Challenges on the path to Advanced Manufacturing

In this seminar, Dr Penny Williams and Professor Greg Hearn shared research findings on the transition of manufacturers to Industry 4.0 through technology innovation and their experiences of investment in re-skilling and training, and leader-driven organisational change. Includes work from Dr Melind...

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Participatory Design & Co design in Manufacturing

Associate Professor Jared Donovan & Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch provide an overview over the history and core principles of Participatory Design in particular industrial settings. They draw on their experiences with design-oriented perspectives on robotics and give practical examples ...

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Cobotics Quarterly – June 2022

In this issue: Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) Residency at ARM Hub Our first publication: A Life-Cycle Framework to Manage Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange in Open Organisation Weld Australia Member Survey update and outcomes Welcome to our new starters Recent seminars ...

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Cobotics Quarterly – March 2022

In this edition: meet our new Postdoctoral Research Fellows find out about our recent visits in Townsville with Weld Australia read about our upcoming events ...

Webinars

Collaborative Robots – Showcasing value and possibilities webinar for Weld Australia

The Australian Cobotics Centre teamed up with Weld Australia to present a webinar on the 29th November 2022 on how collaborative robots work and showcase the benefits for businesses and employees. ...

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Perception in Robotics and Applications to Material Processing seminar

Perception in robotics is arguably the bottleneck for autonomy. Developing efficient, accurate, on-line, off-line and mainly probabilistic perception algorithms with a wide-variety of sensors had been a key part of Associate Professor Teresa Vidal Calleja’s research journey. In the first part of t...

Reports

Learning and collaboration key to unlocking innovation

The Centre for the New Workforce has released the Peak Human Workplace report in learning and collaboration in this unprecedented era. ...

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Cobotics Quarterly – December 2021

This is the first edition of our public newsletter. In this addition: About the Centre our core values our research programs Opportunities to join us as an industry partners as a PhD Researcher recent webinars and more…. ...