Elbit to lead Human-Robot Interaction Consortium
27 December, 2021
The project is aimed to address the needs of close interaction between robotic systems and human users through natural communications methodologies (verbal & gestures)
Elbit Systems’ C4I and Cyber group was chosen to lead the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) technologies research and development consortium, lately approved by the Israel Innovation Authority. The new consortium includes robotics companies and academic researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, computer science and behavioral sciences. It will develop HRI infrastructures to address the needs of close interaction between robotic systems and human users through natural communications methodologies (verbal & gestures) and according to relevant social codes and robotic platforms level of autonomy.
Today, autonomous robotic platforms (those not continuously controlled by a human operator) operate in a “sterile” human-free environment, such as logistics centers and automated production and assembly lines. Integrating robots in a shared workspace environment with human teams will allow the transfer of routine, dull and burnout-inducing tasks to robots and reduce workloads on human teams, thereby increasing crew productivity and reducing their rotation. Such integration will only be possible when human crews feel confident and able to communicate naturally with robots, operating in their close environment.
Elbit is active in the field of autonomous systems and robotics and provides aerial, land and naval autonomous systems. Last month it made a demonstration for the Royal Netherlands Army, exhibiting the use of heterogeneous autonomous swarms working in cooperation with human teams. During the capability demonstration, different robotic pairings operated as swarms autonomously performing three types of operational missions. The missions included planning, navigating to predefined points, allocating sectors and the performance of various tasks.