Mon, 22.07.2019

    Human Robot Co-Production

    Prof. Dr. Doris Aschenbrenner

    TU Delft, Netherlands

    Our society is currently undergoing a transformation initialized by digitization and numerous questions arise how this affects the daily life of people at work or at leisure. Referring to manufacturing, this change was labelled the “fourth industrial revolution”. It is already foreseeable, that the German “Industry 4.0” initiative and corresponding international activities (e.g. Smart Manufacturing, USA & Smart Factory, South Korea) will transform the industrial work environment until. In the same time period, the main part of the demographic change will happen, especially in Europe and Japan, which leads to higher average age of the population and less young “digital natives” who can use new interaction methods within an increasingly complex production environment. Immigration is eventually able to compensate for this, but brings the necessity to include new workers with a high variety of skills and cultural background. As production in Europe needs to cope with i) technological change and ii) social change, it is justified to regard particularly the “smart factories” as socio-technical systems and to understand the role of the “operator 4.0” within this evolving environment, the “human cyber-physical production system” (H-CPPS), which enables a dynamic interaction between humans and machines with the help of “intelligent” human-machine interfaces. Technology can be the vehicle to help people to remain successful and self-determined in a modern manufacturing environment. It is a challenge to design H-CPPS and the accompanying human-computer interaction techniques so that they fit the operators’ cognitive and physical needs, and improve human physical-, sensing- and cognitive-capabilities.

    Short profile
    Doris Aschenbrenner (1985) received her diploma in computer science (2012), and has a background in robotics, human-machine interaction and augmented reality. She worked five years at an non-university research institute in Germany, mainly on telematics, computer supported collaborative work and telemaintenance of industrial plants. She received her PhD in 2017 and started to work at the "Advanced Manufacturing" group at TU Delft as a postdoctoral researcher. She is currently interested in industry 4.0, augmented fabrication and ultra-personal products.