ETFA'2016 is sponsored by:  IEEE IES Fraunhofer IOSB-INA  

Special Session Organizers:

 

Prof. Kaspar Althoefer, King’s College London, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Amedeo Cesta, National Research Council of Italy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Iñaki Maurtua, IK4-TEKNIKER, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrea Orlandini, National Research Council of Italy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ali Shafti, King’s College London, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Aim:

The special session is promoted within the FourByThree project (http://www.fourbythree.eu/ - FoF H2020) and would gather contributions related to safe human-robot collaboration in manufacturing scenarios. The special session is organized in synergy within the “Track 7 - Intelligent Robots & Systems” to further enforce its goals.

Industrial robots have previously demonstrated their excellence for use in industrial applications requiring dexterity, accuracy and efficiency. This is especially the case for large production batches, repetitive operations, and risky or unpleasant working conditions. However, when collaboration between robots and workers is required, including working in a shared space, it is often not feasible to use standard robots due to safety concerns. Safe robotic products have appeared on the market, but they lack flexibility (in terms of possible physical configurations) or are often prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, currently available collaborative robots are offered as isolated products. They are limited by fixed, rigid programming mechanisms, and do not come with integrated, rich perception capabilities or adequate responsive behaviours.

 This special session aims to gather contributions in human-robot collaboration that respond to the challenge of creating new technologies and robotic solutions based on innovative hardware and software enforcing efficiency and safety. Such solutions should address real industrial needs providing suitable applications in possible human-robot scenarios in a given workplace without physical fences, i.e., coexistence (human and robot conduct independent activities) and collaboration (they work collaboratively to achieve a given goal).

 

Topics:

  • How safe are today's robots to allow human-robot interaction in shared workspaces?
  • What are the best technologies currently available to achieve safe robots?
  • Human perspective (including trust towards and acceptance of robotic systems)
  • How can planning and scheduling be applied to the safe human-robot interaction problem?
  • What role do validity, verification and dependability play in safe human-robot interactions?
  • Long-term autonomy in human-robot collaborative Scenarios

 

Download ETFA´2016 Call for Special Session 03 (pdf)