Immersive Virtual Learning for Worker-Robot Teamwork 

Project Overview

The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, employing millions of workers, however it is challenged by low productivity rates, worker shortages, and safety concerns. The industry has a tremendous opportunity to improve its productivity and safety with the recent advancements in technology. With the increased level of automation on construction sites, workers need to learn how to work with these new technologies and gain new knowledge and engineering skills. The goal of this project is to create and test a training program delivered through virtual reality (cyberlearning) to educate and re-educate workers for new work experiences that require collaboration with robots on construction sites. The project seeks to improve the teamwork among workers and robots on construction sites, focusing on more than one specific skill set and providing a comprehensive learning experience.