[robotics-worldwide] Call for participation: IROS 2012 WS: Safety in Human-Robot Coexistence & Interaction: How can Standardization and Research benefit from each other?

sami.haddadin at dlr.de sami.haddadin at dlr.de
Wed Oct 3 03:38:02 PDT 2012

Dear all,

This is a kind remainder for participation in our IROS 2012 Workshop "Safety in Human-Robot Coexistence & Interaction: How can Standardization and Research benefit from each other?" on October 12, 2012at IROS in Vilamoura.

We expect to have interesting presentations, posters, and stimulating discussions during the workshop for our common goal of bringing real robots into our everyday life.

All the best and see you at IROS!

Sami, Gurvinder, Susanne, and Yoji


Call for Participation

IROS 2012 WS: Safety in Human-Robot Coexistence & Interaction: How can Standardization and Research benefit from each other?





First real-world applications that incorporate physical Human-Robot Interaction have been put to operation. This new trend in trying to introduce new interactive robotic devices into the market that are capable of safe acting in unstructured dynamic environments, is certainly a main driving factor of nowadays robotics. Both, research and industry believe that the close interaction of humans and robots will enable novel applications and create new markets, if not finally bring robots into our everyday life comprehensively. From the standardization side, there has been considerable effort in reflecting complex interaction into existing industrial robot standards and define new close human-robot interactions for service robotics, which are still significantly evolving. It seems that we are finally getting to the stage of enabling coexistence and interaction not only in research lab environments and in terms of proof-of-concept installations in industry, but fundamentally changing the role of robotics for humans' everyday life.

However, this is a major effort and several questions and requirements regarding safety remain open and unsolved yet. In this sense, the workshop intends to bring together researchers, standardization experts, and industrialists, who are all together responsible for ensuring that robots can finally come from the research labs into all aspects of everyday life. This event shall initiate close interaction and collaboration between these communities in order to bring closer the different viewpoints, define remaining challenges in the field of safety in robotics together, and converge to a common roadmap that all can commit to in order to reach a coordinated action at some point.




* Gurvinder Virk, University of Gävle

* Susanne Oberer-Treitz, Fraunhofer IPA

* Sami Haddadin, Robotics and Mechatronics Center (DLR)

* Paolo Rocco, Politecnico di Milano

* Alessandro De Luca, Universit`a di Roma "La Sapienza"

* Alin Albu-Schäffer, Robotics and Mechatronics Center (DLR)

* Steve Cousins, Willow Garge, Inc.

* Yoji Yamada, Nagoya University

* Joe Falco, NIST

* Borut Povse, University of Lublijana

* Steffen Peldschuss, LMU

* Florian Schueler, University of Freiburg

* Torsten Kröger, Stanford University




The topics of this workshop are, but are not limited to:

- Injury analysis of humans in robotics

- Normative human data for safety

- Standardization efforts for personal care robots and interactive industrial robots

- Real-world applications of physical Human-Robot interaction

- Design of human-friendly robots

- Physical human-robot interaction methods and algorithms

- Protocols for human-robot safety experiments

- Risk assessment procedures

- Sensing and actuation principles for pHRI

- Interaction control and planning strategies for physical cooperation and interaction




An increasing number of robotic systems are designed and controlled such that they are able to physically interact with humans. Great advances have been made in the research community, in terms of lightweight design, interaction control, real-time motion planning, and safety analysis. Powerful planning and decision-making algorithms, tightly coupled to sophisticated control schemes, and highly sensorized configurations, have led to increasingly sensitive robots being developed over the last three decades. The first robots of this kind have now found their way from research labs into novel industrial applications. At the same time, there is considerable activity in developing new non-industrial robots for applications where close robot-human interaction is essential. This includes personal care robots, medical robots, and industrial robots. The technical standardization ISO work groups focusing on these issues are the following:

- ISO TC184/SC2/WG1: Vocabulary and characteristics of robots, Convenor Prof. Soon-Geul Lee, South Korea

- ISO TC184/SC2/WG3: Industrial robot safety, Convenor Jeff Fryman, Robotics Industries Association, USA

- ISO TC184/SC2/WG7: Personal care robot safety, Convenor Prof. Gurvinder S Virk, CLAWAR Association, UK, and University of Gvle, Sweden

- IEC SC62A and ISO TC184/SC2 JWG9 Medical electrical equipment utilizing robotic technology, Convenor Prof. Gurvinder S Virk, CLAWAR Association, UK

- ISO TC184/SC2/WG8: Service robots, Convenor Prof. Seungbin Moon, Sejong University, South Korea

These emerging standards will determine the regulatory basis for safe interaction in the real world and can be a significant enabler for robotics.

Certainly, it has been a long journey in robotics research to overcome technical limitations, come up with novel designs, develop the fundamental algorithms for demanding target applications, and get the right analysis tools ready. It seems that we are finally able to overcome the barriers that prevent robots from entering our homes and working environments. However, it is also clear that the achievement of our common goal is tightly interrelated to a successful exchange and collaboration between robotics research and standardization bodies. In fact, it is prime that, in order to form meaningful, easy to use, and prospective standards, a joint effort is the only solution. In particular, the careful determination of what safe interaction & coexistence means, and how it can be ensured and quantified is of concern. Furthermore, it seems to be a major open issue how industry, research, and standardization can reach a consensus on which open challenges should be approached next, and in a coordinated fashion.

Therefore, the goal of this workshop is to bring together research, standardization, and industry communities such that an intense exchange of concepts, ideas, and future work in robot safety can take place. This workshop aims at the initiation of a tight, internationally coordinated collaboration of leading researchers of safety in robotics and standardization bodies, with a strong focus on potentially feasible applications. Such an effort has been entirely missing up to now. In fact, it seems to be one of the main reasons why no consensus on safety regulations has been reached yet. Consequently, the workshop organizers and the program committee are a careful selection of top researchers and key contributors to interaction/coexistence research, standardization, and application. One of the most relevant objectives is to establish a contact point among all people potentially contributing in this effort/field.

The workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the most recent advances in safety in robotics.

The workshop will feature talks of leaders in the field that provide overviews about particular subfields. Furthermore, a poster session will give authors the chance to show their latest results that are relevant to the community and can contribute to the broadening of discussion and the roadmap definition. For this, authors shall submit an extended abstract that will be reviewed and accepted contributions will be presented during the poster sessions.

Time slots are reserved for in-depth discussions to come up with further established procedures and consensus




* Alin Albu-Schäffer (DLR)

* Cornelia Beck (KUKA Labs)

* Antonio Bicchi (University of Pisa)

* Steve Cousins (Willow Garage)

* Alessandro De Luca (University of Rome)

* Hao Ding (ABB Corporate Research)

* Joe Falco (NIST)

* Theo Jacobs (Fraunhofer IPA)

* Torsten Kröger (Stanford University)

* Seungbin Moon (Kyung Hee University)

* Steffen Peldschus (LMU Munich)

* Borut Povse (University of Lublijana)

* Sungsoo Rhim (Kyung Hee University)

* Paolo Rocco (Politecnico di Milano)

* Florian Schueler (University of Heidelberg & University of Freiburg)




Sami Haddadin

Robotics and Mechatronics Center

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

M¨unchner Straße 20, 81377, Wessling, Germany Tel. +49-8153-28-1047, Fax +49-8153-28-1134

Email: sami.haddadin at dlr.de<mailto:sami.haddadin at dlr.de>

Gurvinder Virk

Faculty of Technology and Environment of the University of Gävle University of Gävle, S-801 76 G¨avle, Sweden Tel. +46-(0)26-64 87 04

Email: gurvinder.virk at hig.se<mailto:gurvinder.virk at hig.se>

Susanne Oberer-Treitz

Fraunhofer-Institute of Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany Tel. +49 (0)711/970-1279, Fax +49 (0)711/970-1008

Email: susanne.oberer-treitz at ipa.fraunhofer.de<mailto:susanne.oberer-treitz at ipa.fraunhofer.de>

Yoji Yamada

Academy for Safety Intelligence

Mechanical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Nagoya University Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Japan

Email: yamada-yoji at mech.nagoya-u.ac.jp<mailto:yamada-yoji at mech.nagoya-u.ac.jp>

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