Many thanks for the pleasant cooperation in the past years.
The coming year will again offer innovations and opportunities for cooperation: Visit us in spring at the World ATM Congress in Madrid or test our new VR-Lab at the 3rd Innovation Forum „Autonome, mobile Dienste – Services für Mobilität“ in Berlin.
With completion of the KUKoMo project by the end of this year, the project atlas Kompetenz Montage – kollaborativ und wandlungsfähig, i.e. competency assembly – collaborative and versatile, is now available from https://komo-publikationen.ima.rwth-aachen.de/. The project atlas contains several short reports from the nine joint projects funded under the same topic.
Together with the application partner Neustädter Gardinenkonfektion GmbH (NeuGa) we talk about user-centered development of the working positions with human-robot collaboration on pages 124 and 125.
In the project, HFC held workshops with users and developers, conducted work observations, and as mediator between humans and technology, counseled the project partners during implementation of the working positions.
A short blog after the
closing session of AHFE in Washington D.C. and I have to admit, the conference
was very informative,
stimulating and overall an enjoyable experience. After presenting a paper Improve your Task Analysis! Efficiency, Quality and Effectiveness
increase in Task Analysis using a Software Tool (published together with Harald Kolrep und
Astrid Oehme in June 2019 in Advances in Artificial
Intelligence, Software and Systems Engineering, Springer),
I let myself be inspired by the numerous concurrent sessions and extraordinary
people I met. Not only was it a privilege to present at the 10th International
Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE
2019), but also to have the opportunity
to participate in a tutorial workshop and learn from Prof. Dr. Neville Stanton,
made this experience even more special.
The recent introduction of novel, partly automized
working processes, which are operated via modern ICT, such as wall displays,
smartphones and tablets, leads to major changes in control room design. Applying
more innovative ICT enables a variety of new, collaborative working procedures,
which are expected to lead to even more efficient and safer operations. Operators
no longer depend on physical locations close to the controlled processes, but
are able to work proactively over long distances.
Challenges in introducing new systems and operations
in control rooms arise from cognitive and ergonomic requirements towards hard-
and software as well as an optimum fit of task and equipment. However,
challenges also arise from the introduction and development processes
themselves. For both challenges HFC provides support and solution approaches.
Process-related measures comprise a consequently
applied, user-centered, participative design process, change management, and
respective training measures. Measures for design and development relate to the
application of relevant standards and recommendations, the focus on the task at
hand, the working context and the user skills, as well as the consideration of
recent control room research.
On June 4th
and 5th the 2nd Innovation Panel “Autonomous, mobile services –
services for mobility” took place at HTW’s Wilhelminenhof-Campus in Berlin. The
venue was hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Applied Computer Science
(GFaI), the ZIM-funded cooperation network MoDiSeM (Mobile Services – Services
for Mobility), Berlin Partner for Economy and Technology, and Hochschule für
Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin). As part of MoDiSeM network HFC took
the opportunity to actively shape the venue program with a company booth and a
presentation. The guests at our booth were able to test the VR-environment for
our project INTUITIV and came across a virtual mobile robot platform. We
discussed possible application scenarios with our interested guests and
producers of robotic systems. Taking the example of the INTUITIV scenario, our
presentation was dedicated to the research question, how robotic systems should
behave in day-to-day life to be comprehensible for us as users.
The future congress of BMBF took place May 21 and 22 in Bonn under the topic “with sovereignty into the digital future”. The event was stage for discussions on human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence. Many of the BMBF-funded joint research projects presented their developments. As consortium manager of our concomitant research project ARAIG we attended the congress, discussed research and progress with our colleagues from the different projects and tried out their research exhibits. Thomas gave an impulse presentation on our project Kamäleon on Wednesday. We collected a lot of input, also for our other MRI-projects like MIRobO.
The day before the congress, ARAIG had invited all projects on service robotics to a meta consortial-meeting prepared by BAuA to the premises of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. During the event, central challenges for MRI from a labour research perspective were discussed, as well as research and legal aspects of an ethical design in assistance robotics, and practical solutions of data protection in assistance robotics research. The animated, practice-related exchange was a successful entry point into the topic and an excellent preparation for the future congress.
Last week we presented the newest developments of MasterMAN, our assistance system for remote tower control, at the World ATM Congress in Madrid together with our partner m-click.aero. Our booth was quite busy, especially with visits from ANSPs, suppliers, and airports.
We were very excited about having company from Saab. Our cooperating partner currently tests the Remote Workload Planner, a facet of our MasterMAN, in a comprehensive validation study in Sweden. This week Rodney attends the study and is ready to answer questions during the Open Day on 21st of March in Växjö.
From March 12 – 14 the annual World ATM Congress takes place in Madrid. We will present the newest developments of MasterMAN, our assistance system for remote tower control, at booth 375 together with our partner m-click.aero.
Since 2017 we are cooperating with Saab, the remote tower control pioneer and market leader for the related remote tower solutions. Saab is supplier of LFV, the Swedish ANSP. Saab and LFV are the first cooperative, which brought remote airport control into operations in Linköping, Sundsvall und Örnsköldsvik.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Madrid.
We start 2019 with paper and presentation contributions at two renowned domestic and international conferences.
Vaishnavi Upadrasta together with Harald Kolrep und Astrid Oehme successfully launched the paper Improve your Task Analysis! Efficiency, Quality and Effectiveness increase in Task Analysis using a Software Tool at the 10th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2019), which Vaishnavi will present there in July in Washington D.C.
Hanns-Peter Horn will present on Now what might you be up to, mate? – Forschungsbedarfe zu Intuitivität und Berechenbarkeit robotischer Systeme im Alltag.
Paul Schweidler will report on Der Einfluss der äußeren Gestaltung eines Service‐Roboters auf Anthropomorphismus und User‐Experience as well as on ERICa – Mensch‐Roboter‐Interaktionen klassifizieren mit dem Environment Robot Interaction Canvas, the latter together with Astrid Oehme and Thomas Jürgensohn.
Vaishnavi Upadrasta will talk about a method for assessing the quality of a task analysis.
Our contributions are closely related to the research projects KUKoMo, INTUITIV and ARAIG. We are very much looking forward to an active discussion with the conference participants.