“When companies increasingly undergo digitalisation, it affects their whole organisational structure. Intelligent machines can act independently and can communicate with each other, or with people. This opens up new worlds for production and logistics processes; machines learn for themselves which orders have to be processed with higher priority, mobile robots can find their way independently around the factory premises and autonomous drones deliver to customers.
Yet each machine and every technology has its limits and its requirements. For maintenance applications, a drone, for example, has a much shorter operating period (e.g. flight) in comparison to how long people can work. However, a drone can easily inspect bridges and wind turbine blades which could be either difficult, or dangerous, for a maintenance/repair crew to access.
We are therefore conducting research on the following questions: How can we design sustainable and efficient processes through synergies and collaboration between humans and machines? How can humans and machines efficiently share work assignments? How can companies benefit as much as possible from the digital transformation?”