[robotics-worldwide] Human Friendly Robotics HFR2012: submission deadline August 31th

Bram Vanderborght bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be
Mon Aug 27 00:02:26 PDT 2012


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Final CALL for PARTICIPATION
5th Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics
http://hfr2012.wordpress.com/ <http://hfr2012.wordpress.com/>
Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium – Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Belgium
October 18th-19th, 2012
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Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit a 1-page abstract to the 5th edition of the
"Workshop on
Human Friendly Robotics" http://hfr2012.wordpress.com/, the deadline is
August, 31th.

MOTIVATION AND OBJECTIVES

The growing need to automate daily tasks combined with new robot
Technologies are driving the development of human-friendly robots, i.e.,
safe and
Dependable machines, operating in the close vicinity to humans or directly
interacting
with persons in a wide range of domains. The technology shift from
classical industrial robots, which are safely kept away from humans in
cages, to
robots, which will be used in close collaboration with humans, requires
major
technological challenges that need to be overcome.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together and share knowledge
Between researchers on Human-Friendly Robotics from design and control
towards
Safety and ethical issues involving the introduction of robots into everyday
life.

LIST OF TOPICS

- Fundaments of human-friendly robots: mechatronic design, control, analyses
(safety measurements, performance metrics, impedance estimation, etc.)
- Applications of human-friendly robots: physical interaction (medical and
rehabilitation devices, prostheses and orthoses, telerobotics, etc.) and
cognitive interaction (robot assisted therapy, personal and entertainment
robots, robot learning, etc.)
- Social and ethical issues

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS

- Prof. Noel Sharkey - University of Sheffield, UK
- Prof. Danica Kragic - The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH),Stockholm,
Sweden
- Dr. Christian Ott - DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Germany
- Prof. Luc Steels - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium / Sony Computer
Science Laboratory, Paris, France
- Prof Guilio Sandini - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

CONTRIBUTIONS

Prospective authors should submit the abstract (one A4, in IEEE-PDF format)
to
Bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be by August 31th, 2012.

Accepted papers will be allocated to oral or poster sessions depending on
The level of general/wide interest and impact on the community.
Participants are encouraged to contribute to the hardware demonstration.
Festo will for example demonstrate its Bionic Handling Assistant, National
Instruments software for robotic system design, Social robot Ono,
Dwengo-kit, prosthetic devices, optical fiber sensor system for touch
recognition,…

IMPORTANT DATES

- Abstract submission due: August 31th, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: September 10th, 2012

SOCIAL EVENTS

Thursday evening is the conference dinner.
Plan to stay until Saturday in Brussels, since on Friday evening we will
organize a brewery visit, guided tour + reception to the Town Hall of
Brussels and interactive pub crawl to the nicest places in
Brussels.

ORGANIZERS

▪ Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
▪ Geert De Cubber, Royal Military Academy
▪ Yvan Baudoin, Royal Military Academy
• Raffaella Carloni, University of Twente
• Sami Haddadin,  Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
• Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich
• Gianluca Palli, University of Bologna
• Angelika Peer, Technical University of Munich
• Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
• Irene Sardellitti, Italian Institute of Technology
• Riccardo Schiavi, University of Pisa
• Benjamin Schrauwen, Universiteit Gent
• Herman Bruyninckx, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
• Renaud Ronsse, Université Catholique de Louvain
• Olivier Verlinden, Université de Mons
• Walter Bosschaerts, Royal Military Academy

All the details are available at the workshop website:
http://hfr2012.wordpress.com/

For any further information, please contact the Organization Committee by
sending an email to bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be

Best regards,
Bram Vanderborght

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Prof dr ir Bram Vanderborght
Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
+32486522962
Skype: bvdborgh
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