Conceptualizing Embodied Automation to Increase Transfer of Tacit knowledge in the Learning Factory
Paper i proceeding, 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

Robot Systems

Tacit Knowledge

Software Robots



Agent-based Systems

Game-based Activities

Social Robots

Embodied Automation

Collaborative Robots


Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Peter Thorvald

Högskolan i Skövde

Erik Billing

Högskolan i Skövde

Adam Palmqvist

Insert Coin AB

David Romero

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Georg Weichhart

ProFactory GmbH

IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Proceedings, ITSC

358-364 8710482
978-1-5386-7097-2 (ISBN)

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

Demonstration- och testbädd inom smart digitalisering för automation med människan i centrum

VINNOVA (2017-02244), 2017-05-15 -- 2020-03-09.

Stena Industry Innovation Lab at Chalmers - SII-Lab

Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för forskning och kultur - Stenastiftelsen (SII-Lab), 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-30.





Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)

Robotteknik och automation



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