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Intelligent communication interface for industrial human-robot collaboration (YGUF2019)

Project Description

Communication behaviours affect performance in human-robot collaboration (HRC). Although recent literature has proliferated on the use of augmented reality (AR) for human-robot collaboration, in line with growing interest in industry, our understanding of how such tools can improve the interaction and communication between human and robot in industrial settings is still lacking. For a human-robot team to communicate effectively, all participants will have to be able to easily reach common ground. Two important concepts are critical when designing an effective human-robot collaboration system. One, the robot must be able to provide feedback as to its understanding of the situation and its actions. Two, an effective human-robot system must provide mechanisms to enable the human and the robot to communicate effectively.

This project will evaluate how different communication cues can affect human attention, behaviour and emotion, and develop a novel approach to manage multi-channel communication with AR for industrial HRC.

Start date: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January, 1 April.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: computer science, human-robot interaction, interface design or information science.

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).

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