Attitudes of factory workers towards industrial and collaborative robots

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Despite the predicted growth of the amount of collaborative robots, little attention has been paid to the attitudes and needs of potential future users of these robots (e.g. factory workers). The main goal of our study was to identify recommendations to improve collaboration between robots and factory workers. We used the collaborative robot Baxter as a probe to elicit repsonses from factory workers in order to explore their perceptions regarding working with robots. We conducted four interviews with two factory workers simultaneously participating in each interview (n = 8). These interviews were analyzed and our findings suggest that workers believe robots can and have taken people's jobs. However, they also believe that robots can decrease their workload.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2017 - Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherACM New York
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348850
ISBN (Print)9781450348850
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017
EventConference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2017) - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 6 Mar 20179 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)


ConferenceConference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2017)
Abbreviated titleHRI2017


  • factory
  • human-robot collaboration
  • interviews
  • manufacturing


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