The NASA University-Led Initiative project, titled, Effective Human-Robot Teaming to Advance Aviation Manufacturing, aims to transform manufacturing processes in the commercial aviation industry that have been resistant to automation. These manual processes have become significant bottlenecks in an increasingly efficient and automated production pipeline, while posing significant risk to the health and safety of human workers. This project seeks to improve the efficiency and ergonomics of these manual processes through the process-centered development of a flexible human-robot collaboration platform that will provide skilled aviation technicians with intelligent assistance. The UW Robotics Team is developing this platform and its applications across a range of manufacturing processes that are central and critical to the aerospace industry.
In this project, the UW Robotics team has partnered with The Boeing Company to situate the research in commercial aviation processes and to facilitate technology transfer into the industry.
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