Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Intuitive interaction between humans and industrial robot systems – a contribution to a conceptual approach (I3RS)

  • Project team:

    Moniz, António (Project leader); Michael Decker; Eva Zschieschang

  • Funding:

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Project partners:

    Institute for Vocational Pedagogics, KIT (Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer); IfA - Institute for Anthropomatics, KIT (Dr.-Ing. Tamim Asfour)

  • Research group:

    Research for Sustainable Energy Technologies

Project description

The research of intuitive robot programming in manufacturing is already 25 years old but, in recent years, it seems that intuitive programming as well as the intuitive 'use' of technology becomes increasingly relevant during a lot of processes in industry. For instance, new programming methods can enable the automated manufacturing of small lot sizes or even of single work pieces, hand drawings made with a digital pen can be transferred into robot programs automatically, or robot trajectories can be defined by guiding the robot using tactile feedback. Such flexibility can improve the task performance with direct effects on quality, safety, and productivity.

The project envisages the increasing of knowledge awareness by using intelligent robots (as working tools or machines) at the shop floor level in the manufacturing industry. It also envisages understanding the available organisational alternatives where intuitive robot interaction can be applied on higher levels of performance and productivity outputs.

This start-up project intends to conceptualize 'intuitive interaction with technology' (robotic systems) in manufacturing industry with respect to its social dimension, to contribute to a research network of social scientists in the field of industrial and professional robotics, to link research areas of "Humans and Technology" (MuT) and of "Anthropomatics and Robotics" (AuR) at KIT in the application field of manufacturing and in the production sector by developing a concept of intuitive interaction systems, and to identify relevant research questions about the possibility of developing safer robot systems in closer human-machine intuitive interaction systems at the manufacturing shop floor level. Some of these questions will be employed in interviews with robot manufacturers, experts, and policy makers in different countries (Europe, Japan, and the US).

Facebook group on "Human-robot work interaction":


Decker, M.
Surprise? How to deal with machine learning in technological application?.
2016. Annual Workshop 2016 ’BrainLinks - BrainTools’, Freiburg, October 7, 2016 
Decker, M.
Smart Home - Ersetzungen und Use Cases.
2016. Fachforum ’Autonome Systeme’ des High Tech Forums der Bundesregierung, Berlin, 5.Juli 2016 
Book Chapters
Moniz, A. B.; Decker, M.
Robotics technology assessment: new challenges, implications and risks.
2015. The next horizon of technology assessment : Proceedings from the PACITA 2015 Conference in Berlin. Ed.: C. Scherz, 249–252, Technology Centre ASCR, Prag, CZ 
Moniz, A. B.; Decker, M.
Robotics technology assessment: new challenges, implications and risks?.
2015. 2nd European TA Conference, Berlin, February 25-27, 2015 
Moniz, A.
Intuitive interaction between humans and robots in industrial environments: The social robotics role.
2013. COST Workshop ’The future concept and reality of Social Robotics: Challenges, Perception and Applications - Role of Social Robotics in current and future society’, Bruxelles, B, June 10-13, 2013 


Prof. Dr. António B. Moniz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-24189