Escape from the factory of the robot monsters: agents of change

Dale Richards

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The increasing use of robotics within modern factories and workplaces not only sees us becoming more dependent on this technology but it also introduces innovative ways by which humans interact with complex systems. As agent-based systems become more integrated into work environments, the
traditional human team becomes more integrated with agent-based automation and, in some cases, autonomous behaviours. This paper discusses these interactions in terms of team composition and how a human-agent collective can share goals via the delegation of authority between human and agent team
members. This paper highlights the increasing integration of robotics in everyday life and examines the nature of how new novel teams may be constructed with the use of intelligent systems and autonomous agents. Areas of human factors and human-computer interaction are used to discuss the benefits and limitations of human-agent teams. here is little research in (human–robot) (H–R) teamwork, especially from a human factors perspective. Advancing the author’s understanding of the H–R team (and associated
intelligent agent systems) will assist in the integration of such systems in everyday practices. H–R teams hold a great deal of social and organisational issues that need further exploring. Only through understanding this context can advanced systems be fully realised. This paper is multidisciplinary, drawing on areas of psychology, computer science, robotics and human–computer Interaction. Specific attention is given to an emerging field of autonomous
software agents that are growing in use. This paper discusses the uniqueness of the human-agent teaming that results when human and agent members share a common goal within a team.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-108
Number of pages13
JournalTeam Performance Management: An International Journal
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2017


  • Teams
  • Supervisory
  • Human-Agent teams
  • Goals
  • Autonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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