Wernher Behrendt and Violeta Damjanovic-Behrendt received the Best Paper Award for their paper “Establishing and Maintaining Situation Awareness for Shop-Floor Assistance in Manufacturing” at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA) in August.
The paper reports on design and implementation of a situation awareness module for a site-wide assistance system in manufacturing plants. We design individual assistance units that are able to support workers interactively, on the shop floor and we enable these units to keep track of the shop-floor situation at the level of workers’ cells. Each work cell is thus logically monitored by an assistance unit that is aware of workers, manufacturing tasks and sub-tasks, as well as having an inventory of components and equipment used by the workers, to accomplish their tasks. Input from multiple sensors is translated into streams of observations expressed at a higher conceptual level, so that they can be interpreted w.r.t. a predefined, discrete knowledge model.
Austrian Lead Project MMAssist II
The paper was written as part of the research work in the Austrian lead project MMAssist II. The goal of MMAssist II is a fundamental research and characterization of assistance in a production context. Based on this, optimized assistance systems for future working places focused on the human worker („Human-Centered Workplace“) will be developed, implemented and evaluated in an industrial environment. Basis for the implementation are so called „Assistenz Units“ – which are modular components for assistance systems. Assistance Units are defined in a way that they can be applied to different application con-texts. The partners will implement a software framework with which Assistance Units can be dynamically configured to act as assistance system for a given application.
The pilot project MMAssist II (assistance systems in production in the context of man – machine cooperation) is funded by the BMK and the FFG from the production of the future program.