Please join us in welcoming Boyi Hu, assistant professor from the University of Florida. He will be discussing performance challenges faced by robots in indoor pollination.
4290 Fitts-Woolard Hall
Biomechanical and Mental Workload during Human-Robot Collaborative Pollination Task
Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) could be employed to mitigate the inherent shortages of natural pollinators and address performance challenges faced by robots in indoor pollination. However, the impacts of HRC in this context have not been extensively examined. The objective of this presentation is to disseminate my recent body of work focused on identifying both the positive and negative human factors (biomechanical and cognitive) effects resulting from HRC. Furthermore, I will discuss how additional design features can influence these effects. These findings have the potential to guide the decision-making process for designing HRC frameworks intended for agricultural applications, taking into consideration the diverse effects brought about by HRC.
Boyi Hu serves as an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida since 2018 Fall. He received his Ph.D. degree from West Virginia University majoring in Ergonomics in 2016 and worked as post-doc research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2016-2018. His research interests are Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Safety Engineering & Human-Robot Interaction. His primary research interest is in identifying intervention pathways that influence and improve safety and health by using classical ergonomics principles augmented by emerging robotics technologies, wearable sensors, and artificial intelligence methods. The overarching goal of his research is to assist humans in living and working more independently, interacting with the environment and systems in a smooth manner, and achieving greater productivity in the foreseeable future. Since 2018, He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on seven competitive grants totaling $1,219,726 with funding organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Transportation.