MANUWORK aims to focus on the development of an integrated platform for the management of manufacturing workplaces of the future that will be characterized by the complementarity between humans and automation. MANUWORK develops human-automation load balancing methods that determine the optimal trade-off between automation and human involvement at a shop-floor workplace, taking into account the needed flexibility for the process, the available skills (offered both from human and machines), a safe integration of humans and automation into the process and the overall load of the line. “We want the production system to be able to adapt in order to compensate for human limitations, disabilities for example, thus ensuring a socially sustainable working environment without compromising production targets.” says Dr. Kosmas Alexopoulos for Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) coordinating the MANUWORK project.