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Advancements in AI and robotics are reshaping our work environments. Today, robots are integrated into workplaces to support employees, lighten their workload, and increase efficiency. Despite these benefits, the introduction of robots into the workforce can cause disruptions in the way we work. Some of these challenges include reluctance to collaborate and negative emotions among employees, ultimately impacting overall performance and well-being. Addressing these issues and the complexities of human-robot collaboration requires a shift away from solely technology-focused approaches. Instead, a more comprehensive understanding of human-robot collaboration is essential. To proactively address these challenges, it becomes crucial to consider employees' perspectives and needs during the design and implementation of collaborative robotic systems.

Human-Centric Design: Shaping the Future of Work

SMARTHANDLE, a research and innovation action (RIA), is committed to developing robotic solutions that effectively support European industry. The project recognizes the significance of new collaborative setups that focus on synergistic relationships between humans and robots that combine the strengths of humans and machines to achieve shared goals. Therefore, SMARTHANDLE places emphasis on human-centric design in robots, aiming to bridge the gap between humans and machines to foster a more harmonious and productive relationship.

TU/E will lead human-centric design activities, by formulating a guiding framework on how robots should be designed and implemented in the workplace to improve employee experience and enhance performance indicators. By combining theory with practice, the project ensures meaningful robotic solutions that address real-life needs through workplace validation.

In conclusion, human-robot collaboration has the potential to revolutionize the way we work. SMARTHANDLE's focus on human-centric design and thorough research ensures that robots and humans can collaborate seamlessly, unlocking new levels of productivity and efficiency in various manufacturing industries. Embracing this technological revolution with a human-centric approach is key to shaping a better and more productive future of work.


This piece was authored by TU/E.