Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

User-Centered Evaluation Framework for Telerobot Interface and Interaction factors – A Case Study on Medical Device Manufacturing

Inês F. Ramos1,a, Keerthi Sagar2, Philip Long3, Ernesto Damiani1,b, Maria Chiara Leva4 and Gabriele Gianini1,c

1Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

2Irish Manufacturing Research Centre (IMR), Ireland.

3Atlantic Technological University, Ireland.

4Technological University Dublin, Ireland.


The use of telerobots for surgery, military missions or rescue activities are increasingly commonplace, and so are guidelines to achieve an ergonomic design and optimal system-operator performance. However, in medical device manufacturing, in particular for fine-manipulation and highly precise operations, the existing human-machine interface and interaction (HMII) design standards to date are insufficient to ensure a cost-effective ergonomic teleoperation solution, that complies with the learnability, usability, dependability and efficiency required for this case-study. We analyze the most relevant human-system interface and interaction requirements for telerobotic systems applied to medical device manufacturing, and expand on the current standards with knowledge from recent research results in this field. We further our contribution by proposing a use-case-based telerobotic system architecture and experimental setup for human-centered evaluation of the telerobotic system HMII design.

Keywords: Telerobotics, Human-in-the-loop, Medical device manufacturing, Standards, EEG, Eye-tracking.

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