Joint Project: 3DIMiR

From fear to trust – 3D interaction between humans and industrial robots

This project focuses on the reaction of humans when, e.g., a robot performs unexpected movements at high speeds, autonomously completes an unexpected task, or independently changes its movement routine. Human reactions, such as reflex movements, represent a potential danger that should not be underestimated and can even lead to accidents. Due to the potential risk of injury in the event of a collision, the lack of technical knowledge and the worry of losing their jobs, people are resistant to collaborate with robots. This gives rise to fear of robots. Humans act without being fully focused and tend to make jerky reflex movements. This impairs the quality of the products on the one hand and increases the probability of dangerous accidents on the other

The goal of the project is to first recognize the human in a reliable way, to identify the phobia with the help of suitable technologies and to mitigate it accordingly, and finally to create trust in the use of robots in the sense of a true HRC. This trust ultimately provides the basis for effective human-robot collaboration. The project consortium is rounded off by Adam OPEL AG as a user. OPEL contributes with real use cases as well as the possibility to perform analyses with assembly workers and to relate project results to a real environment.

Participating partners:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
  • Institute for Information Technology and Communications (IIKT)
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSUJ)
  • Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC)
  • Intenta GmbH
  • Plavis GmbH
  • Youse GmbH
  • Sikom Software GmbH
  • design:lab weimar GmbH
  • NSC GmbH