COVID19 has presented novel challenges for routine tasks such as surgery and cleaning. Social distancing makes working in close proximity difficult, exacerbated by additional pressures due to employee sickness and austerity measures.
These challenges present increased opportunities for human-robot collaborative teams but questions remain relating to trust towards the robot within the team and more broadly, the trust of affected groups (e.g., patients) towards tasks carried out by robot-assisted teams.
Trustworthy Human-Robot Teams is an interdisciplinary project which will address different aspects related to trust within and towards human-robot teams in surgery and cleaning.
This project is funded by the EPSRC TAS Hub (Agile research programme) and led by Dr Nik Watson, University of Nottingham.