INTERACT – Interactive Manual Assembly Operations for the Human-Centered Workplaces of the Future

In order to be competitive in a global scale, European factories should be operated by a highly skilled workforce supported by advanced automation and IT tools. The European research project INTERACT aims to utilize workers’ knowledge on executing manual assembly tasks and include it in the digital tools used to support design, verification, validation, modification and continuous improvement of human-centred, flexible assembly workplaces.

The project places the following areas of particular interest at the center of its research:

  • Shop-floor sensing architectures that incorporate new low-cost sensor systems for retrieving data about human-based work activities in real time.
  • Advanced methods and tools for the automated recognition and classification of assembly operations from sensor data
  • Efficient generation and modification of accurate manual assembly simulation models based on task descriptions, controlled language and sensor data.
  • Development of smart applications for the continuous improvement of the human-centered manual assembly workplace.

The contributions of the team Agents at the DFKI ASR department are innovative means of motion synthesis for realistic movement of human worker avatars in virtual 3D simulations of workplaces.

Project duration:  10/2013 – 9/2016
Contact:  Dr. Klaus Fischer,  Prof. Dr. Stephan Busemann