Delft Haptics Lab

Delft University of Technology

Starting with worker-robot relations

The first academic project around FRAIM has had its kick-off on February 10th 2022. Our vision towards worker-centered transdisciplinary research towards robot-assisted workprocesses was included in the recently awarded BrightSky project, initiated by KLM.

In an ecosystem including a.o. Hogeschool Amsterdam, SME’s, RoboHouse and SAM-XL, we will contribute with 2 PhDs and 2 postdocs to design robot-assisted work-processes around inspection and repair of a wide range of aircraft parts. We will approach their search for the right robot-assistance by engaging in transdisciplinary research and innovation: integrating interdisciplinary academic perspectives (human-robot interaction, human factors, design, ethnography and psychology) with domain-knowledge from skilled workers.

Visit to the engine repair and maintenance workfloor of KLM MRO, March 16th 2022. We spent an afternoon integrating knowledge from KLM employees; TU Delft designers and engineers; and RoboHouse employees.

The core team exists of two PhDs and two postdocs:

  • Nicky Mol (PhD candidate human-robot interaction)
  • Micah Prendergast (postdoc robotics)
  • PhD in Design Engineering (vacancy)
  • Postdoc in Work & Organisational Psychology (vacancy)

This core team is co-supervised by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, who also participate in the Gravitation Grant consortium:

  • David Abbink (TUD, human-robot interaction)
  • Luka Peternel (TUD, robotics)
  • Maria Luce Lupetti (TUD, design engineering)
  • Arnold Bakker (EUR, work&organisational psychology)

We additionally leverage the talents of MSc students like

  • Tosca Horstink (IDE), supervised by Mieke v/d Bijl-Brouwer and Maria Luce Lupetti
  • Ernst Lock (3mE, human-robot interaction)

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