IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gam/jsoctx/v6y2016i3p23-d75173.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Robots Working with Humans or Humans Working with Robots? Searching for Social Dimensions in New Human-Robot Interaction in Industry

Author

Listed:
  • António B. Moniz

    () (CICS.NOVA, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University Nova of Lisbon, Campus Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
    Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany)

  • Bettina-Johanna Krings

    () (Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany)

Abstract

The focus of the following article is on the use of new robotic systems in the manufacturing industry with respect to the social dimension. Since “intuitive” human–machine interaction (HMI) in robotic systems becomes a significant objective of technical progress, new models of work organization are needed. This hypothesis will be investigated through the following two aims: The first aim is to identify relevant research questions related to the potential use of robotic systems in different systems of work organization at the manufacturing shop-floor level. The second aim is to discuss the conceptualization of (old) organizational problems of human–robot interaction (HRI). In this context, the article reflects on the limits of cognitive and perceptual workload for robot operators in complex working systems. This will be particularly relevant whenever more robots with different “roles” are to be increasingly used in the manufacturing industry. The integration of such complex socio-technical systems needs further empirical and conceptual research with regard to “social” aspects of the technical dimension. Future research should, therefore, also integrate economic and societal issues to understand the full dimensions of new human–robot interaction in industry today.

Suggested Citation

  • António B. Moniz & Bettina-Johanna Krings, 2016. "Robots Working with Humans or Humans Working with Robots? Searching for Social Dimensions in New Human-Robot Interaction in Industry," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(3), pages 1-21, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:6:y:2016:i:3:p:23-:d:75173
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/6/3/23/pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/6/3/23/
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Luís Ribeiro & José Barata & Pedro Barreira, 2009. "Is Ambient Intelligence a truly Human-Centric Paradigm in Industry? Current Research and Application Scenario," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 5(5), pages 25-35, November.
    2. Luís Ribeiro & José Barata, 2006. "New Shop Floor Control Approaches for Virtual Enterprises," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 2(2), pages 39-52, November.
    3. Frey, Carl Benedikt & Osborne, Michael A., 2017. "The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 254-280.
    4. Moniz, António, 2005. "Redesigning work organizations and technologies: experiences from European projects," MPRA Paper 6170, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Oct 2005.
    5. Margarida R. Paulos & António B. Moniz, 2008. "Fragmentation? The future of work in Europe in a global economy: the WORKS final International Conference debate," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 4(4), pages 167-169, November.
    6. António Brandão Moniz, 2010. "Anthropocentric-based robotic and autonomous systems: assessment for new organisational options," IET Working Papers Series 07/2010, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology.
    7. Antonio Brandao Moniz, Bettina-Johanna Krings, Geert Van Hootegem, Rik Huys, 2002. "Technological practices in the European auto industry: exploring cases from Belgium, Germany and Portugal," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1), pages 84-100.
    8. Bettina Krings, 2009. "Global restructuring and its effects on occupations: towards a new division of labor?," IET Working Papers Series 12/2009, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology.
    9. Barthelemy, J. P. & Bisdorff, R. & Coppin, G., 2002. "Human centered processes and decision support systems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 136(2), pages 233-252, January.
    10. Moniz, António, 2007. "The Collaborative Work Concept and the Information Systems Support: Perspectives for and from Manufacturing Industry," MPRA Paper 5627, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2007.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. repec:zbw:espost:179952 is not listed on IDEAS

    More about this item

    Keywords

    human-machine interaction; manufacturing industry; cognitive workload; complex working systems; organization of work;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:6:y:2016:i:3:p:23-:d:75173. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (XML Conversion Team). General contact details of provider: https://www.mdpi.com/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.