CODIMAN

Technologies such as cobotics and AI are transforming the way humans and machines interact in the industrial world. The way these technologies are implemented will influence this transformation and its impact on the worker.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département responsable Technique et informatique
  • Autres départements Gestion
  • Institut Institute for Human Centered Engineering (HUCE)
  • Unité de recherche HUCE / HuCE – roboticsLab
  • Centre BFH Centre BFH Digital Society
  • Organisation d'encouragement FNS
  • Durée (prévue) 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2024
  • Responsable du projet Sarah Dégallier Rochat
  • Direction du projet Sarah Dégallier Rochat

Situation

The current transformation of industry raises many questions about the evolution of working conditions, particularly for low-skilled workers. If, historically, automation has been synonymous with deskilling, cobots allow a redistribution of tasks between man and machine. The robot can take care of the procedural tasks, while the human takes care of the tasks requiring flexibility, know-how and critical sense, allowing for a revaluation of their work.

Human working with robot via smartphone
Human working with robot via smartphone

Approche

In order to better understand the ongoing transformation, we propose a multi-disciplinary approache combining social sciences, robotics and computer sciences, focused on the worker’s experience. Field studies, user research and testing will be performed in different industrial environments in order to develop a solution based on the worker’s needs.

Résultat

Field studies will allow a better understanding of the impact of new forms of human-machine interactions on the transformation of working conditions. A human-machine interface will be developed and continuously tested in collaboration with the workers to identify the factors that make the interaction rewarding. The programming of the robot will be made intuitive and flexible so that the robot is at the service of the human rather than the other way round.

Perspectives

The current transformation of industry raises many questions about the evolution of working conditions, particularly for low-skilled workers. If, historically, automation has been synonymous with deskilling, cobots allow as redistribution of tasks between man and machine. The robot can take care of the procedural tasks, while the human take careful the tasks requiring flexibility, know.how and critical sense, allowing for a revaluation of work.