[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Robotic Assistance Technologies in Industrial Settings workshop at IROS 2013

Erden Mustafa Suphi mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch
Sun Nov 3 20:29:08 PST 2013


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

• Thursday, November 7, 2013, Tokyo, Japan
• 09:00-12:30
• Room 605, Special Session ThBT3

• Conference Location: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063 Japan
• Conference Dates: November 3-7, 2013 (Sunday-Thursday)


09:00-09:05   Opening
09:05-09:25   Alin Albu-Schäffer, "Human-Robot Cooperation with Torque-Controlled Light-Weight Robots in the Context of the Industry 4.0 Concept"
09:25-09:45   Julie Shah, "Human-Robot Collaboration in Assembly Manufacturing"
09:45-10:05   Dragoljub T. Surdilovic, "Collaborative Robots as Advanced Handling Systems for Efficient Assembly Applications"
10:05-10:20   Rasmus Hasle Andersen, "Definition of Hardware-Independent Robot Skills for Industrial Robotic Co-workers"
10:20-10:35   Frank Dittrich, "A Modular Cognitive System for Safe Human Robot Collaboration: Design, Implementation and Evaluation"
10:35-11:00   Coffee Break
11:00-11:20   Satoshi Suzuki, "Human Adaptive Mechatronics and Human-System Modeling"
11:20-11:40   Rainer Bischoff, "Robot Assistants for Manufacturing SMEs"	
11:40-11:55   Christian Lehmann, "Semi-automated Handling of Manhole Covers for Tank Wagon Processing Using Industrial Robots"
11:55-12:10   Volker Krüger, "Integration of Two Autonomous Mobile Manipulators in a Real-world Industrial Setting"
12:10-12:40   Panel: Open issues, "Future research on assistive robotics for industrial settings; Collaboration between research and industry"
12:40-12:45   Closing


• Mustafa Suphi Erden, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (contact person: mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch)
• 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 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
"Robot Assistants for Manufacturing SMEs"

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