Investigating Joint-Action in Short-Cycle Repetitive Handover Tasks: The Role of Giver Versus Receiver and its Implications for Human-Robot Collaborative System Design

Someshwar Roy, Yael Edan

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Abstract

Human–human joint-action in short-cycle repetitive handover tasks was investigated for a bottle handover task using a three-fold approach: work-methods field studies in multiple supermarkets, simulation analysis using an ergonomics software package and by conducting an in-house lab experiment on human–human collaboration by re-creating the environment and conditions of a supermarket. Evaluation included both objective and subjective measures. Subjective evaluation was done taking a psychological perspective and showcases among other things, the differences in the way a common joint-action is being perceived by individual team partners depending upon their role (giver or receiver). The proposed approach can provide a systematic method to analyze similar tasks. Combining the results of all the three analyses, this research gives insight into the science of joint-action for short-cycle repetitive tasks and its implications for human–robot collaborative system design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-988
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Social Robotics
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Designing cobots
  • Human factors in Robotics
  • Human human handover
  • Human robot collaboration
  • Human robot handover
  • Joint action
  • Supermarket robot
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Warehouse robots

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