Elbit Systems to Lead Human-Robot Interaction Consortium

By Phoebe Grinter / 17 Dec 2021
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Israel Innovation Authority has approved the establishment of a new innovation consortium, led by Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber, for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) technologies research and development.

The new consortium includes leading robotics companies and academic researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer science and behavioral sciences, with the goal of developing an innovative HRI infrastructure, addressing the need for close interaction between robotic systems and human users natural communications (verbal & gestures) technologies, according to relevant social codes, robotic platforms level of autonomy methodologies, and more.

Autonomous robotic platforms 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 tasks to robots and reduce workloads on human teams, potentially increasing crew productivity and reducing rotation. For such integration to be possible, humans must feel confident and able to communicate naturally with robots operating in their close environment.

“Our selection by the Israel Innovation Authority, to lead a Human-Robot Interaction consortium reflects our expertise in the fields of autonomous systems and manned-unmanned teaming,” said Yossi Cohen, Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber Chief Technology Officer. “We are looking forward to collaborating with additional industry partners that specialize in these fields, that will join us in the consortium.” 

Dr. Aviv Zeevi, VP Technological Infrastructure at the Israel Innovation Authority, added, “The Israel Innovation Authority is working to close technology gaps in the field of robotics using various tools as well as by promoting knowledge transfer from the defense sector and academia to the wider industry.”

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