Workshop on Worker-robot interaction in manufacturing industry


Workshop  25.10. – 26.10.2012

Venue: Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlstrasse 11, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

The social dimension derived from the worker-robot interaction possibilities in industry become a decisive aspect of the framework possibilities. This is a central motivation of this workshop: to discuss, analyse and assess the different technical options due to social features based on organisational strategies. The workshop will specifically focus on participative organisational which include different learning processes, competence building and decentralised decision making. This means that the place of humans in the design of HRI must be clear. These are concepts with higher relevance in production environments which have been neglected in the last two decades. The development of working competences, of distributed decision making and task enrichment systems, should integrate the new industrial robotics developments in order to improve the quality of work life standard. Such options and challenges will be intensively debated in the workshop.


Day 1

13:00 – 13:30          Registration & Welcome coffee

13:30 – 13:45          Welcome address

                Michael Decker (ITAS-KIT)/Torsten Fleischer (ITAS-KIT)

13:45 – 15:45          Discussions block I:

Where has social involvement on HRI debates gone?

                António Moniz (ITAS-KIT)                      

-       Involvement of social processes

                Martin Fischer and Eike Zimpelmann (IBP-KIT)

-       Involvement of learning processes

                Eva Zschieschang (ITAS-KIT)

-       Debate trends

15:45 – 16:15          Coffee break

16:15 – 19:15 Discussions block II:

How to design the human place in HRI?

                Astrid Weiss (University of Salzburg, Austria)

                Carsten Thomas (TU Dortmund            University)

Marcel Mayer (Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft der RWTH Aachen)

                Tamim Asfour (IfA-KIT)

19:15 – 19:30          Closing remarks

                Martin Fischer (IBP-KIT)       

20:00 -     Invited dinner at Allee Hotel


Day 2

9:00 – 12:00           Assessment and preparation of new proposals

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