The robot-human binomial is evolving with the irruption of collaborative robots. The most significant integration of autonomous robots in industrial environments requires industrial robots to show a performance that is increasingly “similar to humans” for an efficient collaboration. It also needs safety regulations and an ethical standpoint within the work environment.
We must build robots that can act autonomously in a given or an unpredictable environment. They must also cooperate with humans to achieve a shared goal in a safe environment.
The international speakers will include the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), the University of Modena UNIMORE (Italy), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), the Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), the Technical University of Munich (Germany), and the Stelar Security Technology Law Research centre (Germany). They will address relevant issues for the HRC (Human-Robot Collaboration) in industrial environments, including their “human factors”, lack of trust, and adaptability to autonomous machines in collaborative tasks, accountability (rights and legal obligations), and above all, the feeling that robots are “stealing our jobs”.
Some consider that humans will have a supervisory role in this environment, thus reducing their physical and cognitive efforts. In contrast, others are concerned about autonomous robots negatively impacting our economic growth and pose a negative challenge to our culture.
In this context, this workshop will delve into HRC in the work environment, focusing on the analyses of the different aspects of HRC, which affect their integration with the human worker in the industrial sector.