In the context of the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), June 21 – 23, Rhodes, Greece, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD is co-organizing the workshop „Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing“.
Currently, a fundamental change is happening in manufacturing which transforms the practice of running independent manufacturing units to the implementation of networked cyber- physical systems. The digitalisation of industrial production, often referred to as Industrie 4.0, lays the groundwork for more flexible and efficient ways of producing goods. This new approach is often highly complex putting strains on operators and supervisors of such systems. Hence, new research questions related to the assistance of humans in industrial contexts arise.
While human labour relies increasingly on digitalised means of production the need for supporting an ever-diversifying workforce grows. Assistive work environments represent a promising approach towards managing the technological shift within the producing industry in a human-centred way. With recent developments, such as demographic changes and flexible working models, the diversity of possible user groups becomes apparent. Assistive environments and systems must address users individually and appropriately in order to provide effective support. Hence, the notion of human-centred design is paramount. Consequently, designers of such environments need to be well informed about processes, methods and tools which facilitate conceptualising, prototyping, implementing, and evaluating assistive environments for the shop floor. There are three major areas up for discussion:
- Technology - enabling the development of Assistive Environments (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, toolkits, testbeds, etc.)
- Methodology – facilitating design processes, user research, evaluation, etc.
- Social, legal and ethical implications – helping assess impact and values of proposed technical or methodical solutions
The workshop is organized by the OWL University of Applied Sciences, Lemgo, the Siemens Corporation , the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), Rostock and the Fraunhofer Application Center Industrial Automation (IOSB-INA).
Further information: http://www.petrae.org/workshops/DAEM.html
Workshop „Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing“
June 23, 13:30 – 14:40, Session W6, Room 2
PETRA 2017 - International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
When? June 21 – 23, 2017
Where? Amilia Mare, Kallithea, Rhodes, Greece, 85 100