Ergonomics in construction robotics and human-robot teams in the AEC domain: A review

A. O. Onososen, I. Musonda

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Over the last decade, the potential and prospects for using robotics for various construction activities have increased, particularly for dangerous work areas such as roof construction, construction in hazardous environments, and improving productivity while shielding construction workers from strenuous work and accidents. As there have been concerns about human factors in collaborating robotics with humans on construction worksites, ergonomics in human-robot teams' research is critical to enhancing the advantages and adoption of collaborative robots in improving the productivity of construction workers and the competitiveness of construction organisations. This study reviews the emerging trends in human-robot teams and ergonomics in robotics, focusing on addressing the grey areas in human-robot teams' body of knowledge. A systematic review of publications from similar industries with extensive studies on human-robot teams and factors applicable to the built environment were identified. The study summarises articles that have emerged over the last decade and highlights the emerging nature of robotics collaboration, ergonomic development and the interplay between robotics design and construction robotics ergonomics. Its outcome benefits AEC research and practice in building knowledge in construction human-robot collaboration, guiding practice and design in robotics by focusing on critical ergonomic issues.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052003
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction World Building Congress 2022, WBC 2022 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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