[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: 4th Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics

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[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: 4th Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics

4th Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics
University of Twente, The Netherlands
November 8th-9th, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit an abstract to the 4th edition of the "Workshop on Human Friendly Robotics" http://hfr2011.wordpress.com/

The workshop will be held on November 8th-9th, 2011, at the University of Twente, The Netherlands (http://www.utwente.nl/).


The growing need to automate daily tasks combined with new robot technologies are driving the development of human-friendly robots, i.e., safe and dependable machines, operating in the close vicinity to humans or directly interacting with persons in a wide range of domains. The technology shift from classical industrial robots, which are safely kept away from humans in cages, to robots, which will be used in close collaboration with humans, requires major technological challenges that need to be overcome.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together and share knowledge between researchers on Human-Friendly Robotics from design and control towards safety and ethical issues involving the introduction of robots into everyday life.


- Fundaments of human-friendly robots: mechatronic design, control, analyses (safety measurements, performance metrics, impedance estimation, etc.)
- Applications of human-friendly robots: physical interaction (medical and rehabilitation devices, prostheses and orthoses, telerobotics, etc.) and cognitive interaction (robot assisted therapy, personal and entertainment robots, robot learning, etc.)
- Social and ethical issues


- Alin Albu-Schäffer, Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt
- Roberta L. Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University
- Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS
- Dirk Lefeber, Vrije Universiteit  Brussel
- Sarthak Misra, University of Twente
- Bruno Siciliano, University of Napoli
- Stefano Stramigioli, University of Twente
- Adriana Tapus, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées


Prospective authors should submit the abstract (one A4, in PDF format) to [hidden email] by October 2nd, 2011.

Accepted papers will be allocated to oral or poster sessions depending on the level of general/wide interest and impact on the community.

Participants are strongly encouraged to contribute to the hardware


Registration is free of charge!

Participants must register by following the instructions on the workshop
website (http://hfr2011.wordpress.com/).


- Paper submission due: October 2nd, 2011
- Notification of acceptance: October 15th, 2011


- Raffaella Carloni, University of Twente
- Sami Haddadin, Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt
- Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich
- Gianluca Palli, University of Bologna
- Angelika Peer, Technical University of Munich
- Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
- Irene Sardellitti, Italian Institute of Technology
- Riccardo Schiavi, University of Pisa
- Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit  Brussel

All the details are available at the workshop website: http://hfr2011.wordpress.com/

For any further information, please contact the Organization Committee by sending an email to [hidden email]

Best regards,
Raffaella Carloni

Raffaella Carloni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Twente
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0) 53 489 2817

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