HuRoCo / Design for Human-Robot Collaboration

Our lab is engaging in a four year research endeavor on the topic of Design for Human-Robot Collaboration. Specifically, we are looking at human-robot collaboration in the context of the industrial workplace, using the seafood processing industry in the American Northeast as a case. This work is part of the CRISP initiative and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its Future of Work initiative. The Principle Investigators for this project are Taskin Padir, Kristian Kloeckl, Kemi Jona, Alicia Modestino, John Basl.

Some of the initiatives carried out so far involved observational studies of industrial workplace environments and processes at some of our partner companies in the seafood processing industry in Massachusetts. Based on the data collected in these sessions and research on the history and culture of seafood processing, and human-robot interaction we have devised a number of research strands in regards to design exploration and experimentation in the emerging field of human-robot collaboration.

Updates about this project will be published on this site in their separate posts.

Observational studies carried out in seafood processing factories between December 2019 and February 2020. Further site studies had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.