Human-Robot collaboration

The work of this research area concern the implementation of the human-robot collaboration and the assessment of acceptability using virtual reality. To verify some of our hypothesis, we do science experiments with participants in virtual environments.

The current research and projects on human-robot collaboration are interested in the functional aspect of this kind of hybrid systems. Currently, the problem is most traded from a security approach for operators in the robot’s environment. From now, the operator and the robot have to work together in the same space, a number of regulations and technologies must be used to ensure the security of the system.

However, an important issue often mentioned but never really treated is the acceptability of human-robot collaboration by operators. Operators have some fears to see some robots in their work environment. Working with a robot is not the same as a human and requires adaptation, depending on the task to be performed. This notion of acceptability of the robot has a direct impact on operator comfort and efficiency of the system, and is essential for human-robot collaboration.

The objective of the work is to study and evaluate the concept of acceptability of the robot as working partner’s point of view of the operator. Several hypothesis are possible, as the appearance of the robot, its movements or behaviors.