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WeBuild: Automatically Distributing Assembly Tasks Among Collocated Workers to Improve Coordination

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Published on Jan 18, 2017

Physical construction and assembly tasks are often carried
out by groups of collocated workers, and they can be difficult
to coordinate. Group members must spend time deciding
how to split up the task, how to assign subtasks to each
other, and in what order subtasks should be completed. Informed
by an observational study examining group coordination
challenges, we built a task distribution system called
WeBuild. Our custom algorithm dynamically assigns subtasks
to workers in a group, taking into account factors such
as the dependencies between subtasks and the skills of each
group member. Each worker views personalized step-bystep
instructions on a mobile phone, while a dashboard visualizes
the entire process. An initial study found that
WeBuild reduced the start-up time needed to coordinate and
begin a task, and provides direction for future research to
build on toward improving group efficiency and coordination
for complex tasks.

WeBuild: Automatically Distributing Assembly Tasks Among Collocated Workers to Improve Coordination

C. Ailie Fraser, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice
CHI 2017 Conference
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Autodesk Research
http://www.autodeskresearch.com

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