[robotics-worldwide] Call for participation: ICRA 2011 Workshop: Towards Autonomous Physical Human-Robot Interaction

sami.haddadin at dlr.de sami.haddadin at dlr.de
Mon Mar 28 11:54:03 PDT 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,

 The website of the workshop can be found at 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 from various perspectives on the current state of the art in physical
Human-Robot Interaction:

Invited speakers

- Dr. Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German
Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling, Germany
------Title: Soft Robotics Control Concepts for Robots Interacting with Humans
and their Environments

- Prof. Antonio Bicchi, Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio",
of Engineering, Pisa University, Pisa, Italy
------Title: Tele-Impedance: preliminary results on measuring and replicating
human arm impedance in robots

- Prof. Aude Billard, Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, EPFL,
Lausanne, Switzerland
------Title: Motion Learning during Physical Interaction with Humans

- Prof. Martin Buss, Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Department of
Electrical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen, Germany
------Title: Haptic Interaction in Human-Human and Human-Robot Dyads

- Prof. Alessandro De Luca, Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica "A.
Ruberti"  Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
------Title: Stiffness Estimation and Nonlinear Control of Robots with
Stiffness Actuation

- Prof. Homayoon Kazerooni, Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering
 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
------Title: Design and Control of HULC and eLEGS

- Prof. Oussama Khatib, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Department of
Computer Science Computer Vision Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford,
------Title: Robots and the Human

- Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar, CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), AIST,
Tsukuba, Japan
------Title:Human-Humanoid Haptic Joint Action

- Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge, System Robotics Laboratory, School of Engineering,
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
------Title: Towards Real World Applications of Physical Human-Robot

- Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
------Title: Toward Actuator Innovation for Physical Human-Robot Interaction

- Prof. Jae-Bok Song, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Department of
Engineering, Korea University, Korea
------Title: Collision Detection and Safety Evaluation for Safe pHRI

- Prof. Shigeki Sugano, Intelligent Machine Laboratory, Department of
Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
------Title: Independent Mobility for Human-Robot Symbiosis Environment


 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
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.

 List of topics:

   *   Physical human-robot interaction
   *   Sensing and actuation principles for pHRI
   *   Interaction control and strategies in physical cooperation and
   *   Safety measures and analysis for HRI
   *   Design of human-friendly robots
   *   Learning for pHRI
   *   Biologically inspired principles for interaction between humans and
   *   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,


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