Workshop at IROS 2017, Vancouver, Canada, September 24th 2017


Collaborative robots (Cobots) are intended to safely operate alongside humans. They need the software capabilities to be quickly deployable in a new environment and set to work on a potentially difficult task with minimum effort and without the need for expert programming. The human-robot collaboration (HRC) field has provided tools like learning by demonstration and task learning to address some of these problems. Techniques like deep learning and reinforcement learning are rapidly advancing towards a robot autonomously acquiring complex skills.

Industry 4.0 has also introduced new challenges, requiring production units to be no longer isolated with highly specialized tasks, but gathered in a fully integrated and optimized production flow. As a result, the production volume can be easily aligned to the market fluctuation and the product diversity can increase to better meet the customer needs. In this new scenario, Cobots are intelligent machines that can be integrated into the labor force to increase the overall productivity. The main challenge here is to achieve human manipulation and grasping capabilities to fulfill similar tasks.

This workshop will bring together participants from academia and industry alike to share advancements and new technologies in the field of collaborative robotics. The attendees of this workshop will be introduced to collaborative robotics and learning techniques from academic experts in the field. Experts from the industry will explain the current needs in industrial manufacturing and robotics, which will inspire researchers with challenges drawn from real use case scenarios. Experts from the academia will bring the latest advancements in the field, providing potential new solutions to real problems. The organizers and the invited speakers of this workshop have a multidisciplinary background that will stimulate interesting discussions, promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and encourage future collaborations.

Topics of interest

  • Skill-Learning from Human Demonstrations
  • Human-In-The-Loop Control of Robotic Systems
  • Multi-Modal HRC Interfaces
  • Modeling and Analysis of Human Physical Behavior
  • Learning Human Sensorimotor Control
  • Stability of HRC Control Schemes
  • Expected Impact of HRC in Cross-Domain Applications
  • Mutual Learning and Adaptation in Human-Robot Systems
  • Case Studies and Experiments
  • Objective Measures: How to Quantify Efficiency, Safety and Intuitiveness in HRC?

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: August 1
Acceptance notification deadline: August 19
Camera ready version submission: September 15
 
We are calling for submissions of 2-3 page extended abstracts related to the topics of interest.
Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF file using the IEEE format also used for the IROS conference itself (http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/support.php).
Please submit the abstracts at the following website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wlcr17
 

Invited Speakers

  • Jan Peters (TU Darmstadt)Interaction Primitives for Collaborative Robotics
  • Abderrahmane Kheddar (CNRS):  Humanoid cobotics: application case in large-scale airliner manufacturing
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (KUKA Roboter GmbH):  Lessons learned and challenges for the future of flexible manufacturing
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (ABB):  Industrial Application of Human-Robot Collaboration – Achieving Safe, Economical and Connected Applications
  • Sami Haddadin (Franka Emika):  A Skill-Based Learning Framework for Force-Sensitive Robot Manipulation
  • Dana Kulić (University of Waterloo): Collaborative Plan Configuration for Industrial Mobile Robots

Program

Tentative schedule for the workshop:

08.30 - 08.45  Introduction by the organizers
08.45 - 09.30  Invited industry presentation by Bjoern Matthias
09.30 - 10.15  Invited research presentation by Jan Peters
10.15 - 11.00  Invited industry presentation by Rainer Bischoff
11.00 - 11.15  Break
11.15 - 11.45  Spotlight presentations from contributing speakers
11.45 - 12.15  Interactive presentations from contributing speakers
12.15 - 13.15  Lunch
13.15 - 14.00  Invited research presentation by Abderrahmane Kheddar
14.00 - 14.45  Invited industry presentation by Sami Haddadin
14.45 - 15.30  Invited research presentation by Dana Kulić
15.30 - 15.45  Break
15.45 - 16.15  Two research/industry presentations selected from contributing authors
16.15 - 16.30  Short talks from some of the organizers
16.30 - 17.15  Round table discussion on specific areas of interest. The topics will be determined based on input before the workshop from potential Attendees and feedback collected from all participants during the workshop.
17.15 - 17.30  Summary discussion of round table discussions by the workshop organizers and invited speakers

Organizers

  • Luca Colasanto, (Robert Bosch LLC, Palo Alto USA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Juergen Hess, (Robert Bosch LLC, Palo Alto USA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lorenzo Riano (Robert Bosch LLC, Palo Alto USA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Arash Ajoudani (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tadej Petric (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Clemens Eppner (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Benjamin Rosman (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and University of Witwatersrand, South Africa), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sylvain Calinon (Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.