HRC 4.0 – German-Czech Innovation
Laboratory for Human Robot Collaboration in
Industrie 4.0 (MRK 4.0)

The key objective of the innovation laboratory HRC 4.0 is the concrete testing and implementation of human- robot collaboration for Industrie 4.0. HRC 4.0 orientates its work around combining human characteristics such as creativity and empathy, with the high precision, power and fatigue-proof repeatability of machines. Within this process, learning machines are able to adapt to people and their individual abilities and needs.

As discovered within the innovation dialogue, the linking together of technology drivers such as multimodal sensors, wearables, augmented reality- but also virtual and mixed reality as well as multi-modal interaction- with robotic systems, plays a crucial role. This connection can only succeed, provided that AI-driven approaches, complement the traditional machine centered paradigms synergetically. In order to put into effect, the flexible manufacturing of individualized products, that is characteristic of Industrie 4.0, the innovation laboratory will create a heterogeneous environment in which human-robot collaboration can be researched, implemented and tested in various scenarios.

In order to implement the flexible production of individualized products that is characteristic of Industrie 4.0, the innovation laboratory will set up a heterogeneous environment, in which human-robot collaboration can be researched, implemented and tested in various scenarios. Thereby capability modelling can identify which robotic systems should be used, to match the employee’s production tasks and their skillset.

The innovation laboratory is not concerned with the development of new robots, but exclusively with the interaction within human-robot teams. The lightweight robots used, are supplied by various manufacturers and have different capabilities.

Amongst others, focal topics within the cooperation agreement between DFKI and CIIRC in the field of Industrie 4.0 are:

1. Intelligent human-robot collaboration in cyber-physical production environments;
2. Semantic technologies for service orchestration and process optimization in smart factories;
3. Multimodal, proactive and situation-conscious production assistance using VR, AR and mixed reality technologies;
4. Real-time production planning for Industrie 4.0

The innovation laboratory, under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in cooperation with the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC), offers an ideal research platform for national and European cooperation projects to develop the next generation of innovative HRC for Industrie 4.0 applications.

On the 12. October 2017 the 3rd German-Czech Workshop in Industrie 4.0 on the topic of human-robot collaboration took place in the German-Czech innovation laboratory HRC 4.0.

Project Duration: 10/2016 – 10/2019
Project Sheet: MRK4.0 (Deutsch)
The HRC 4.0 Lab at CEBIT 2018: Flyer CEBIT 2018 (english), for further information please consult: www.hybr-it-projekt.de.
Address: Power4Production

Contact:
DFKI GmbH
Cognitive Assistants (COS)
Project Coordination: Dr. Anselm Blocher
Phone: +49 681 85775 5262
E-Mail: Anselm.Blocher@dfki.de
Internet: www.dfki.de