Motivation and goals of the session

The purpose of this special session is to explore how collaborative robots can interact with humans in a safe and acceptable way fostering their integration in real world contexts. The special session will focus any human-robot collaboration (HRC) application with a specific attention to industrial scenarios (one of the most promising application areas for HRC). This special session will focus on three aspects of human-robot collaboration: (1) investigation of cognitive features and functions to support human-robot interaction during the execution of collaborative tasks, (2) technological development for guaranteeing safe and effective human-robot collaboration and (3) human behavior and expectations as a means to understand the acceptance aspects of collaborative robots in real scenarios. This special session is also related to a Workshop held in RO-MAN 2017 “Human-Robot Collaboration for an improved Quality of Work” and will continue to pursue deeper understanding on HRC.


List of Topics (not limited to)

  • Cooperative and Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction
  • 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 real world applications
  • Communication and coordination between human and robot
  • Robot motion and navigation in realistic environments Cognitive features for collaborative robots
  • Long-term autonomy in human-robot collaborative scenarios
  • Human-aware planning and execution in human-robot collaboration
  • Generation of robust robot controllers; Failure detection and recovery in HRC control systems
  • Evaluation methods for HRC workplaces and process (productivity, flexibility etc.)
  • Benchmarking and objectively & quantitatively evaluating performance of robots during the cooperation with human
  • Ergonomics of HRC (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 and motion planning and collision avoidance
  • HRC design
  • Case Studies, Experiments, Ethics and Outreach


Important dates

Submission deadline: MARCH 15, 2020

Notification of acceptance: MAY 27, 2020

Camera-ready deadline: JUNE 15, 2020






List of organizers

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

Bio sketch: Dr.-Ing. Mohamad Bdiwi (male) has been working at the Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz since 2013. He leads the Department of Robotics (€1.2 million annual research budget; 22 employees and students). Dr. Bdiwi has received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany, Department of Robotic Systems. His PhD thesis is entitled "Development of Integration Algorithms for Vision/Force Robot Control with Automatic Decision System". Dr. Bdiwi has published more than 30 international scientific papers and journal articles. Furthermore, he is leading many national and international projects. He is also managing the CTC-Collaborative Technology Cluster for Human-robot interaction and robotics applications.

Alberto Finzi, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy

Bio sketch: Alberto Finzi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (DIETI), University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). His research interests include Cognitive Robotics, Human–Robot Interaction, Executive and Cognitive Control, Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, Planning and Scheduling Systems, Multi-agent Systems, Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems. He has been recently involved in several research projects sponsored by the International (e.g., European Commission, NASA, ESA, etc) and National (e.g., ASI, MIUR, MISE, etc) funding agencies, and private industries.

Andrea Orlandini, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology (CNR-ISTC), Rome, Italy,

Bio sketch: Andrea Orlandini is a Researcher at CNR-ISTC. His research interests spans over automated planning, temporal logic, dependable plan execution and model-based robot control. He worked in investigating robust plan-based control systems in safety critical scenarios. He investigates the development of human-aware task planning technology for human-robot collaboration in industrial scenarios within several EU-funded projects. Currently he is PI for CNR-ISTC in ShareWork (H2020 FoF) project for developing a human-aware task planning for HRC.

Nicola Pedrocchi, Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (STIIMACNR), Milan, Italy,

Bio sketch: His research are mainly focused on robot motion control and planning, with specific focus on online optimization and robot behaviour adaptation to real scenario. He worked in investigating humanaware motion planning in human-robot collaborative industrial scenarios within several EU-funded projects. Currently he is PI for CNR-STIIMA in ShareWork (H2020 FoF) project for developing a human-aware and safe robot motion planner for Human-Robot Collaboration.