In the context of the 11th “The PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference” (PETRA), June 26 – 29, Corfu, Greece, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD is co-organizing the workshop „Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing“ for the second time.
Currently, a fundamental change is happening in manufacturing, transforming the practice of running independent manufacturing units to the implementation of networked cyber-physical systems. The digitalization of industrial production, often referred to as Industrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0), lays the groundwork for more flexible and efficient ways of producing goods. This new approach is often highly complex, putting strains on the operators and supervisors of such systems. Hence, new research questions related to the assistance of humans in the industrial context arise:
- How do technologically-enhanced systems affect the work in the domain of manufacturing in the long run?
- Are assistive manufacturing environments a temporary tool for people to acquire new skills?
- Or do the systems change manufacturing work and processes fundamentally?
Further, we are interested in how the workers are using such assistive systems for the workplace. Most importantly, how can we design new assistive systems for workplaces that are extending the state of the art? However, the workshop is not only concerned with the development of new technology; rather we want to learn about the implications that new technology in the manufacturing context has on its users, the work, and society in general.
The workshop is organized by the OWL University of Applied Sciences, Lemgo, the “Technische Universität Darmstadt”, the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), Rostock and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB), Karlsruhe.
PETRA 2018 - The PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference
When? June 26 – 29, 2018
Where? Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel, Corfu, Greece, 491 00