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The comfort zone concept in a human-robot cooperative task

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision Assembly in the Digital Age - 8th IFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar, IPAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030059309
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar - Chamonix, France
Duration: 14 Jan 201816 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar


The global rise in interest towards robotics and artificial intelligence is increasing the technology acceptance among companies. This further encourages manufacturing companies to invest more in robotics on their factory floor. A robot manipulator can be sufficiently mobile and dexterous to operate alongside a human as would any other colleague. However, a human-centric viewpoint is needed in the design of the work cell to provide optimal working conditions for humans and thereby enhance employee performance. We identified a set of factors required for human comfort during cooperation with robots. These factors were divided into two main groups: mental and physical. Both mental and physical factors were based on scientific work reviews, robotics standards, and recognized human factors via a case study. These factors together are the basis for a comfort zone concept in human-robot collaboration. This concept forms design principles for developing the physical work environment of the future.


  • Cognition, Collaboration, Comfort zone concept, Human robot cooperation, Interaction

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland