CHARM is a research project that together with General Motors of Canada, is exploring ways of deploying robots in manufacturing environments to enhance workers’ capabilities and make production lines more flexible.
CHARM (Collaborative, Human-focused, Assistive Robotics for Manufacturing) is led by University of British Columbia (UBC) mechanical engineering professor Elizabeth Croft. A leading expert in the cutting-edge field of human-robot interaction, she is also NSERC’s Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the British Columbia and Yukon Region. Dr. Croft is working with researchers from UBC (Karon Maclean), McGill University (Frank Ferrie) and Université Laval (Clément Gosselin and Denis Laurendeau). The research focusses on the potential for smart machines to improve the ability of workers to handle an increased range of products and operations while improving product quality and worker safety. At a time of fierce global competition, this research could give Canada a significant edge in advanced manufacturing and further develop a highly skilled workforce as the marketplace undergoes rapid change. NSERC is investing $621,000 in the four-year Collaborative Research and Development project.
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