Investigating Ergonomics in the Context of Human-Robot Collaboration as a Sociotechnical System

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 784)


In this publication, we investigate how the term ergonomics could be defined for human-robot collaboration (HRC) as a sociotechnical system (STS). Thus, we compare different definitions of ergonomics and human factors and conclude on a definition suggested for adoption. Moreover, we compile a list of human factors relevant to that context. We conducted this investigation, because HRC is mainly viewed from a technical viewpoint, although the implications of human involvement should not be underestimated. However, ergonomic evaluation of HRC is based on old methods. The main purpose of this publication is therefore to contribute to a foundation for new ergonomic evaluation methods.


Human factors Human-Robot Collaboration Sociotechnical Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technische Hochschule NürnbergNürnbergGermany
  2. 2.Universität der Bundeswehr MünchenNeubibergGermany

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