Human-Robot collaboration (HRC) technologies for reducing Work-related Musculoskeletal Diseases in industry 4.0

Alberto Ranavolo, Francesco Draicchio, Alessio Silvetti, Tiwana Varrecchia, Patricia Helen Rosen, Sascha Wischniewski, Philipp Albrecht, Matteo Bianchi, Andrea Cherubini, Lars Fritzsche, Massimo Sartori, Bram Vanderborght, Renée Govaerts, Arash Ajoudani

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The workshop describes the vision of the European project SOPHIA, Socio-Physical Interaction Skills for Cooperative Human-Robot Systems in Agile Production. The project has been founded by European Union programme Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement No. 871237. The consortium involves European partners from academia research organisations, and Industry. The main goal of the project is to introduce CoBots in industrial scenarios in order to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMDs) and to improve productivity in industry 4.0. The topics covered in the workshop concern the description of the project and its main goals, the use of instrumental-based tools to evaluate the effectiveness of HRC technologies on the reduction of the physical overload, the role of collaborative robot in industry 4.0 and the physiological models of the human musculoskeletal system. The topics of the panel discussion will be the strengths of the new technologies and the barriers that now exist in their use (costs, lack of confidence in the interaction with workers, problems in assessing the biomechanical risk of workers while interacting with new technologies with current assessment tools, the possibility that these technologies can replace human by creating unemployment etc.).
Originele taal-2English
StatusPublished - 17 jun 2021


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