Next Generation


Logo des Next Generation Projektes mit dem Schriftzug Next Generation - Mit flexiblen Roboterlösungen inklusive Arbeit entwickeln.

Mensch im Rollstuhl sitzt an einem Inklusionsarbeitsplatz (Tisch) und wird bei der Arbeit von einem Roboter unterstützt.

Concept of the inclusive human-robot workplace



Field of Research

  • Human-robot collaboration
  • Inclusion through technical assistance



People with disabilities are often working beneath their physical capabilities. Therefore, they are unsatisfied with their occupation as they feel a lack of personal fulfilment. Following question arises: How can the working situation change for the better?

The project “Next Generation – mit flexiblen Roboterlösungen inclusive Arbeit entwickeln“ tries to answer this question. The goal is to support, enhance and develop the individual working capabilities of people with disabilities through innovative technology. This ensures that they can participate at the primary labour market and are recognized as valuable members of the working community. Furthermore, it can enhance their quality of life, self-perception and confidence.




Project goals

  • Development of a design concept for inclusive human-robot workplaces for the primary labour market
    • Enabling working activity
    • Facilitating the execution of work by reducing workload and ensuring workplace safety
    • Creating personal possibilities
  • Implementation of the concept through exemplary applications from local companies
  • Publication of the project results


Personal goals

  • Creating chances, realising dreams
  • Quality of life, independence, self-determination, self-reliance
  • Fun and happiness as well as motivation and satisfaction at work
  • Identification with one’s occupation
  • Participation and inclusion at a company of the primary labour market
  • Promote existing capabilities



  • Developing a method to compare individual capabilities with process requirements
  • Design and implementation of an exemplary application from industry in experimental and operational environments
  • Derive guidelines for user support and to guarantee transmissibility of the concept




For more information concerning the project visit

Visit the virtual booth of the Next Generation project and get to know the inclusive workplace as a 3D model.



Next Generation is funded by Stiftung Wohlfahrtspflege NRW, Landschaftsverband Rheinland – Inklusionsamt and Caritasverband für die Stadt Köln e.V.






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