[robotics-worldwide] Robotic Assistance Technologies in Industrial Settings workshop at IROS 2013

Erden Mustafa Suphi mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch
Tue Aug 6 05:36:48 PDT 2013


IROS 2013 Workshop on
Robotic Assistance Technologies in Industrial Settings (RATIS)

Thursday, November 7, 2013



• Submission Deadline: September 16, 2013 (Monday)
• Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2013 (Tuesday)
• Workshop Date: November 7, 2013 (Thursday)
• Conference Dates: November 3-7, 2013 (Sunday-Thursday)


• Mustafa Suphi Erden, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
• Aude Billard, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
• Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London, UK


This workshop aims at discussing and identifying modes of robotic system assistance in industrial settings. Various robotic assistance schemes have been developed in recent years such as power assist robots, workspace guidance robots, haptic interfaces providing both feedback and control, virtual reality trainers, interactive control schemes, learning by demonstration techniques, workspace monitoring techniques, workflow identification schemes, knowledge storage and retrieval systems, augmented reality systems, and user friendly robot control interfaces. However these technologies are not yet widely integrated to actual industrial practices. This workshop thus aims at establishing links between such assistance techniques and practice in industry. We will focus on the following questions:

• Where is robotic assistance advantageous relative to pure manual work and full automation?
• Which assistance techniques are readily applicable in industry?
• What are the requirements for an assistance scheme to be usable in industry?
• What are the example tasks from industry that such assistive schemes can be applied to?

In this workshop, invited speakers from both academia and industry working on assistive technologies for industry will give a (20 minutes) presentation on these topics. Accepted papers will also be presented orally during the workshop in around 15 minutes talks. The talks will be followed by a one-hour panel discussion featuring the invited speakers and supplementary invited panelists.


The organizers invite submissions of 6-10 pages research papers, to be orally presented during the workshop in 15 minutes talks. The papers will be reviewed and selected for presentation.

The papers can be submitted by e-mail to
mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch.


The list of topics that characterize the content of the workshop are as follows:

• Assistive robotics
• Physical human-robot interaction
• Compliant control of robots
• Skill acquisition and skill assistance
• Human centered mechatronic design
• Safety in human-robot collaboration
• Safe interactive robotics design
• Light weight robots
• Cooperative assembly in manufacturing
• Flexible assembly and automation systems


• Alin Albu-Schäffer, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (DLR), Germany
“Human-Robot Cooperation with Torque-Controlled Light- Weight Robots in the Context of the Industry 4.0 Concept”

• Julie Shah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
“Human-Robot Collaboration in Assembly Manufacturing”

• Dragoljub T. Surdilovic, Fraunhofer IPK Berlin, Germany
“Collaborative Robots as Advanced Handling Systems for Efficient Assembly Applications”

• Satoshi Suzuki, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
“Human Adaptive Mechatronics and Human-System Modeling”

• Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Robotics, Germany

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