Soft robotics design, either due to the hardware or control, has led to the emergence of several promising applications in which humans come in contact or coexist with robots or assistive devices to achieve a certain task in unstructured environments. In such applications, the establishment of a suitable level of shared autonomy between the robot and the user has shown to be a key factor to demonstrate versatile and stable human-robot-environment interactions. This, however, requires that the robot functionalities are appropriately associated with the human motor behavior and intention.
Indeed, this workshop aims at discussing the pertinence and the feasibility of the establishment of human-robot interfaces to enhance the robot or assistive device’s physical interaction performance. This goal will be achieved by
- bringing together researchers working on the relevant fields and tackling challenges that lay ahead for achieving an intuitive, safe, and stable human-robot interface, and
- evaluating the underlying concepts and tools while targeting real-world applications such as rehabilitation robotics, human-robot cooperation, teleoperation, etc.
It is as well expected to encourage synergistic collaborations among researchers working on different areas of human-robot interfaces and physical interaction to extend views toward required key technologies, in terms of hardware or software, as a take-home message.
LIST OF TOPICS
The featured talks will cover, but not be limited to, the following topics:
- Human-in-the-loop Control of Robotic Systems
- Active Exoskeletons and Assistive Devices for Rehabilitation and Power Augmentation
- Co-operative and Collaborative Human-Machine Systems for Manufacturing
- Characterization of Variable Impedance to Enhance Human-Robot Interaction
- Learning Human Sensorimotor Control for Advanced Human-to-Robot Skill Transfer
- Mutual Learning and Adaptation in Human-Robot Systems
- Stability and Robustness of Human-Robot Interfaces
- Objective Measures: How to Quantify Efficacy, Safety and Intuitiveness in Human-Robot Interaction?
- Novel Sensors and Actuators for Advanced Human-Robot Interaction Control
- Case Studies, Experiments, Ethics and Outreach