Workshop: Human-Robot Collaboration for an improved Quality of Work - Scientific knowledge, challenges and ISO-Standards.

How to bridge the gap between science and industrial requirements for Human-Robot-Interaction?

Motivation
The main focus of this workshop is to discuss all the proposed ideas/papers together and to help the author to generate new projects from the proposed ideas. The organizers and keynote speakers have a high expertise with industrial partners and with all challenges addressing the various aspects of interaction between human and industrial robots.

Format
Half Day Workshop, September 1, 2017  

 

Main organisers [click here to see full CVs]

Dr.-Ing. Mohamad Bdiwi, Fraunhofer Institute for machine tools and forming technology, Chemnitz, Germany

M. Sc. Kathleen Delang, Fraunhofer Institute for machine tools and forming technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Ph.D. Eng. Stefania Pellegrinelli, National Research Council, Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, Milano, Italy

Dr. Andreas Pichler, PROFACTOR GmbH, Steyr, Austria

Co-organisers

Ph.D. Andrea Orlandini, National Research Council, Institut for Cognitive Science and Technology, Rome, Italy

Niki Kousi, Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, Patras, Greece 


Program

8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Motivation

9:15-9:45 Keynote 1

  • Are our heavy-duty robots ready to cooperate with the human in the industry?
  • Dr.-Ing. Mohamad Bdiwi, Fraunhofer IWU, Germany

9:45-10:30 Invited Talk

  • User experiences with collaborative robots in the BRP-Rotax assembly line
  • Dipl.Ing. Stefan Paar, BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG, Austria 

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 Keynote 2

  • Achieving Assistive Human-Robot Cooperation in Industrial Tasks: Design and Control of High-Payload Cooperative Robot
  • Ph.D. Eng. Loris Roveda, Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA), Italy

11:15-11:45 Keynote 3

  • Methods for the design & operation of human robot collaborative workplaces
  • Ing. Kousi Niki, Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Greece

11:45-12:15 Panel Discussion

12:15-12:20 Wrap‐up summary of the topics and of follow‐up


Statement of objectives

The main objective of the proposed workshop is “how to improve the quality of human’s live using robots”. The workshop will focus on the most stressed hours in the daily-life of the human. These are during work and especially in an industrial environment, where humans perform in various exhausting activities. A new generation of robots, which owns proprieties of intelligence, cognition and autonomy can assist the human massively. Additionally Human-robot interaction (HRI) appears to be of vital importance in smart production lines and industry 4.0.

Worldwide umerous industrial companies are seeking for these technologies and want to integrate robots in close collaboration to their workers. On the one hand, various research institutes and universities have developed innovative solutions for social and service HRI. However, these solutions are still far away from an implementation to the industry. ISO-Standard, safety regulation, reliability, precisely and various industrial requirements are still massive barriers preventing any high-level interaction between humans and industrial robots. Humans can especially benefit from an interaction with high-payload robots taking over the handling of heavy parts. The proposed workshop will invite experts to present the latest research trends and technologies in the field of HRI. The results can be used to improve the quality of work and to assist the human in an industrial environment. Nevertheless the workshop will also present the challenges and difficulties postponing nowadays the implementation of HRI-technologies. Furthermore industrial requirements such as productivity, flexibility, safety regulation and ergonomics will be deeply discussed. Finally successful stories and lighthouse HRI projects in industry are going to be presented by industrial partners.

Intended audience

  • Researchers from universities/ research institutes who are working with industrial robots or doing research in the field of industrial human-robot-interaction
  • Every researcher who has proposed a new or an innovative system, algorithm or solution and he think that it can be useful to improve the quality of work conditions for humans
  • SME's which are searching for new solutions and systems based on HRI for increasing their productivity, flexibility and quality
  • All researchers who are interesting in the safety regulations and industrial requirements

Call for papers

Important Dates

• Submission deadline: July 19, 2017

• Notification of acceptance: August 02, 2017

• Main conference: August 28-31, 2017

• Workshop day: September 01, 2017

Submission

The main focus of this workshop is to discuss all the proposed ideas/papers together and to help the author to generate project from the proposed ideas. The organizers and keynote speaker have a high expertise with industrial partners and with all challenges addressing the various aspects of interaction between human and industrial robots.

List of topics

  • Co-operative and Collaborative Human-Machine Systems for Manufacturing
  • New enhancing safety functions for the current status of ISO Robotics Standards or future directions in relating to HRI.
  • Vocal and gesture commands and physical contacts in industrial applications. Communication between human and industrial robot
  • Robot navigation in industrial environments
  • Evaluation methods for HRI workplaces and process (productivity, flexibility etc.), Benchmarking and objectively & quantitatively evaluating performance of robots during the cooperation with human.
  • Ergonomics of HRI (Physical, Intensity of signals, alarms, visual field etc.)
  • Vision and control of industrial robots for HRI applications.
  • Novel Sensing and grasping technologies for HRI
  • Interfaces for real-time path planning and collision avoidance.
  • HRI design
  • Case Studies, Experiments, Ethics and Outreach

All papers should be submitted in PDF format using the RO-MAN template and send via  Email (subject: RO-MAN 2017 contribution) to: mohamad.bdiwi@iwu.fraunhofer.de

The papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity, and presentation. Each paper will receive at least two reviews.
Accepted papers will require that at least one author attends the workshop. After the conference, we will provide online access to the workshop proceedings on the workshop website.