[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Participation to IROS 2015 Workshop on Robotic co-workers (Sept. 28)

andrea zanchettin andreamaria.zanchettin at polimi.it
Tue Jul 14 07:18:38 PDT 2015

IROS 2015 Full-day Workshop - Call for Participation

Robotic co-workers
methods, challenges and industrial test cases

Hamburg, Germany
September 28, 2015
Congress Center Hamburg (CCH)


Modern manufacturing companies are expected to quickly and efficiently adapt to production changes, and robotics has long been known as the candidate solution for the required flexibility. To improve such flexibility, future working environments will be populated by both humans and robot manipulators, sharing the same workspace. This scenario entails a series of issues and open topics, such as safety, optimal tasks allocation and scheduling, learning and error recovery, which are uncommon in today's industrial settings. Despite the presence of high quality scientific results, this topic is still open for more reliable solutions and further investigations, possibly taking inspiration by successful industrial test cases. This workshop is then aimed at bringing together academic and industrial point of view on the field of human robot collaboration, and update the discussion concerning their respective expectations and open topics. By exchanging ideas regarding available methodologies, implementation challenges and key success factors, we expect to address several new insights for the research community on human-robot collaboration in order to find better, more general and even more flexible solutions to common problems and open issues.

Topics of interest
• Assembly in mixed human-robot manufacturing
• Physical human-robot interaction and human-centered robotics
• Safety aspects, injury assessment and standardization activities
• Sensing and control tools for human-robot collaboration
• Optimal task distribution among humans and robots
• Learning from human skills for industrial applications
• Lightweight robots for flexible assembly and automation systems

Invited speakers
Bjoern Matthias (ABB Corporate Research, Germany) - New safety standards of collaborative robots, ABB YuMi dual-arm robot
Brian Benoit (Rethink Robotics, USA) - Learning from humans, Baxter use cases
Fabrizio Flacco (University of Rome, Italy) - Safety-oriented control tools
Jan Peters (TU Darmstadt, Germany) - Learning by demonstration
Julie Shah (MIT, USA) - Task distribution and allocation
Matthias Althoff (TU Munich, Germany) - Formal methods for robot safety
Rong Xiong (Zhejiang University, China) - Programming by demonstration
Sami Haddadin (University of Hannover, Germany) - Injury-related control aspects
Esben Østergaard (Universal Robots, Danmark) - Advanced use cases of UR robots
Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Roboter, Germany) - KUKA iiwa lightweight robot
Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland) - Learning by demonstration

Organizing Committee
Hao Ding, ABB Corporate Research, Germany
Andrea Maria Zanchettin, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Andrea Zanchettin, PhD
Assistant Professor

Politecnico di Milano
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria
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Email: andreamaria.zanchettin at polimi.it
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