[robotics-worldwide] Announcement: ICRA2011: Towards Autonomous Physical Human-Robot Interaction, www.robotic.dlr.de/icra2011_phri

sami.haddadin at dlr.de sami.haddadin at dlr.de
Tue Feb 8 01:34:08 PST 2011

Dear colleagues and friends,

We would like to announce and invite you to the ICRA 2011 workshop "Towards Autonomous Physical Human-Robot Interaction" in Shanghai, China, on May 13, 2011.

The design of robots that are able to operate in physical contact with humans and directly  interact with them in an intuitive and safe manner has been intensively studied from numerous perspectives. Physical Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI) was especially addressed from the design, control, and motion planning side, leading to very powerful solutions to the specific sub-cases of the general problem. However, such sub-cases were often treated separately from each other and a unifying holistic concept is still completely lacking in the robotics community. Furthermore, the autonomous execution of complex physical interaction tasks remains an open problem. It especially necessitates the systematic combination of higher-level cognitive perception-action loops with the underlying low-level control behavior. In this sense, this full-day workshop intends to bring together world renowned researchers from fields directly or indirectly related to the field of pHRI. This includes robot design, interaction control, motion planning, human-human and human-robot interaction, haptics, learning, autonomous control, and behavioral science. We would like to encourage a fruitful and inspiring exchange of ideas and stimulating discussions that provide the basis for novel approaches and guide future research in HRI.

The website of the workshop can be found at www.robotic.dlr.de/icra2011_phri<http://www.robotic.dlr.de/icra2011_phri>

The workshop will consist of a selected list of invited speakers, who are working at the frontier of robotics research and will give an extraordinary view on the current state of the art in physical Human-Robot Interaction:

  *   Dr. Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling, Germany
  *   Prof. Antonio Bicchi, Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio", Faculty of Engineering, Pisa University, Pisa, Italy
  *   Prof. Aude Billard, Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  *   Prof. Martin Buss, Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen, Germany
  *   Prof. Alessandro De Luca, Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica "A. Ruberti"  Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
  *   Prof. Homayoon Kazerooni, Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory,  Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  *   Prof. Oussama Khatib, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Department of Computer Science Computer Vision Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
  *   Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge, System Robotics Laboratory, School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  *   Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  *   Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar, CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), AIST, Tsukuba, Japan
  *   Prof. Robert Riener, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zuerich, Zuerich, Switzerland
  *   Prof. Jae-Bok Song, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Korea
  *   Prof. Shigeki Sugano, Intelligent Machine Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan


List of topics:

  *   Safety measures and analysis for HRI
  *   Design of human-friendly robots
  *   Physical human-robot interaction
  *   Sensing and actuation principles for pHRI
  *   Interaction control and strategies in physical cooperation and interaction
  *   Learning for pHRI
  *   Biologically inspired principles for interaction between humans and robots
  *   Planning and on-line adaptation of human-friendly motion
  *   Application and evaluation of physical human-robot interaction in complex scenarios
  *   Psychophysical and human-factor studies on the best sensory combination to interface humans and robots



- Sami Haddadin (DLR) - http://www.robotic.dlr.de/Sami.Haddadin
- Paolo Robuffo Giordano (MPI) - http://www.kyb.mpg.de/~robu_pa
- Angelika Peer (TUM) - http://www.lsr.ei.tum.de/staff/detail/angelikapeer/

We expect exceptional talks and stimulating discussions and are looking forward to seeing you in Shanghai!

All the best,

Sami, Paolo, and Angelika

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