Humans|​Machines|​Together

Hybrid Societies:
Humans interacting with embodied digital technologies

What is required to enable people to move in concert with robots, highly automated vehicles or virtual avatars, for example, without friction as with other people?

And how must technology be designed to meet these requirements?

Fundamental scientific research into these questions is crucial because in hybrid societies we share public spaces with increasingly autonomous machines

Prof. Georg Jahn

In order for interactions in hybrid societies to be effective and similarly smooth, human capabilities and technological functionalities must be analyzed and harmonized in novel ways.

Prof. Ulrike Thomas

Coordinating our movements with fellow humans is relatively smooth.

In order for interactions in hybrid societies to be effective and similarly smooth, human capabilities and technological functionalities must be analyzed and harmonized in novel ways.

Research into hybrid societies thus contributes to aligning the use of embodied digital technologies in public spaces according to human needs and skills and to advancing the technological innovations required for this.

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SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

Autonomous vehicles, teleoperated and autonomously acting robots, drones, intelligent prostheses – all examples of embodied digital technologies. They have more and more functions and can take on an increasing number of tasks. We will encounter them in more places and in different forms. They interact with humans and thus – together with them – form hybrid societies.

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SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

The research center “Hybrid Societies” is investigating how spontaneous encounters between people and intelligent technologies in public spaces can run smoothly and coordinated. The core issue is to determine what is necessary to allow people and machines to coordinate their activities and movements in a foresighted manner when they meet, for example, in a park or on the street. What is required to enable people to move in concert with robots, highly automated vehicles or virtual avatars, for example, without friction as with other people? And how must technology be designed to meet these requirements? Fundamental scientific research into these questions is crucial because in hybrid societies we share public spaces with increasingly autonomous machines.

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SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

In order to address the yet unsolved challenges and to shape the coexistence of humans and machines in public spaces, it is necessary for a large number of disciplines, from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities, to combine their strengths. The Collaborative Research Centre “Hybrid Societies: Interacting with Embodied Digital Technologies” at Chemnitz University of Technology is funded by the German Research Foundation as a Collaborative Research Centre from 2020 to 2023. An international group of scientists studies the conditions for successful coordination between humans and machines in public spaces. The Collaborative Research Centre Hybrid Societies works in four fields: Sensor and motor capabilities, artificial bodies, shared environments, and intentionality in hybrid societies.

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Events and Communication

ForumZukunft

Das ForumZukunft ist ein Expertinnen- und Expertenforum zur Diskussion des Zusammenlebens von Menschen mit Maschinen. Die Vorträge sollen nicht nur über Forschung informieren – sie sollen einladen, ins Gespräch zu kommen und Erwartungen, aber auch Sorgen und Vorbehalte gegenüber zunehmend autonom agierenden Technologien zu thematisieren, die uns schon heute in ganz verschiedenen Formen und Gestalten […]

#Asimov2021. Eine Uni, ein Buch.

Die TU Chemnitz und der Sonderforschungsbereich „Hybrid Societies“ waren mit ihrer Projektidee “Chemnitz liest Asimov” im Wettbewerb „Eine Uni – Ein Buch“ des Stifterverbandes erfolgreich – Das Gewinnerkonzept rund um Asimovs Werk „Ich, der Roboter“ soll noch im Sommersemester 2021 umgesetzt werden.

What our vehicles can learn from us

Automated driving has been the focus of automotive engineers for several years. Recently, a major German car manufacturer was granted permission for an automated driving function “Level 3” starting in 2022. To put this in perspective: from “Level 2” onwards, an automated system can independently regulate speed and distance as well as keep itself within […]

Team

In order to address the yet unsolved challenges and to shape the coexistence of humans and machines in public spaces, it is necessary for a large number of disciplines, from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities, to combine their strengths. Within the CRC Hybrid Societies more than 70 professors, doctoral candidates, postdocs, and supporting staff are working together.

Publications

Potts, D., & Schmischke, M. (2022). Learning multivariate functions with low-dimensional structures using polynomial bases. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 403, 113821. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cam.2021.113821
Ben Atitallah, B., Hu, Z., Bouchaala, D., Hussain, M. A., Ismail, A., Derbel, N., & Kanoun, O. (2022). Hand Sign Recognition System Based on EIT Imaging and Robust CNN Classification. IEEE Sensors Journal, 22(22), 1729-1737. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2021.3130982

Podcast

Christiane Attig und Ingmar Rothe

Teaser 2: Audible new insights

The Matrix, Star Trek and Co. are not only connected by the science fiction genre – the films also create visions of the future in which the relationship between humans and technology plays a very important role. In the 2nd season of the TUCscicast Special “Humans-Machines-Together” we want to deepen the many topics we touched […]
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