Conceptualizing Embodied Automation to Increase Transfer of Tacit knowledge in the Learning Factory
Paper in proceedings, 2018

This paper will discuss how cooperative agent-based systems, deployed with social skills and embodied automation features, can be used to interact with the operators in order to facilitate sharing of tacit knowledge and its later conversion into explicit knowledge. The proposal is to combine social software robots (softbots) with industrial collaborative robots (co-bots) to create a digital apprentice for experienced operators in human-robot collaboration workstations. This is to address the problem within industry that experienced operators have difficulties in explaining how they perform their tasks and later, how to turn this procedural knowledge (knowhow) into instructions to be shared among other operators. By using social softbots and co-bots, as cooperative agents with embodied automation features, we think we can facilitate the 'externalization' of procedural knowledge in human-robot interaction(s). This enabled by the capabilities of social cooperative agents with embodied automation features of continuously learning by looking over the shoulder of the operators, and documenting and collaborating with them in a non-intrusive way as they perform their daily tasks.

Knowledge Transfer

Agent-based Systems

Collaborative Robots

Software Robots

Tacit Knowledge

Robot Systems

Social Robots

Co-Bots

Softbots

Motivation.

Embodied Automation

Game-based Activities

Author

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Peter Thorvald

University of Skövde

Erik Billing

University of Skövde

Adam Palmqvist

Insert Coin AB

David Romero

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

Georg Weichhart

ProFactory GmbH

IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Proceedings, ITSC

358-364 8710482

9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, IS 2018
Funchal, Portugal,

Stena Industry Innovation Lab at Chalmers - SII-Lab

Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture - Stena Foundation, 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-30.

Demonstrating and testing smart digitalisation for sustainable human-centred automation in production

VINNOVA, 2017-05-15 -- 2020-03-09.

Areas of Advance

Production

Subject Categories

Interaction Technologies

Human Computer Interaction

Robotics

DOI

10.1109/IS.2018.8710482

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