Robotisation: Mid-term review meeting in Zurich for HumanTech project on human-robot collaboration in construction

From 22 to 24 January, EBC travelled to Zurich for the mid-term Project review meeting of the Horizon Europe initiative HumanTech, which ambitions to develop human-centred technologies to make the construction sector safer, greener, and more sustainable.

The Swiss company IMPLENIA hosted the 22 partners of the consortium who gathered to jointly present to the European Commission the progress, the latest achievements and what is next in the path towards a more digitalized construction sector. Over the three days, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence’s Augmented Vision department (DFKI) as the coordinator led the discussion on BIM, wearable technologies, workers’ understanding of robotics and technological innovation, health and safety in construction sites, training needs and overall cooperation between human and robot.

Among others, partners also showcased some HumanTech technology for a state-of-play check as  the testing activities in real situations in the demo cases are about to start, as well as the initial considerations for the related training programme for construction workers and professionals.

EBC involvement in the EU project covers the usability assessment of the upcoming digital, wearable and robotic tools from the point of view of construction SMEs, the awareness raising on safety technologies for construction companies and the development of a training approach for the upskilling of the current and future workforce on technologies for workers’ safety, well-being, and human-robot collaboration in construction.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101058236.