Aim and Scope:
Service robots are becoming enabling assistive technologies as co-workers and helpers in human-robot interactive social environments. However, the first and the most challenging issue to deploy service robots in human populated environments is how to guarantee human safety and comfort in human-robot shared workspaces. Human physical safety is concerned with how to maintain the minimum physical distance between robots and human while human psychological safety implies that robots are not allowed to cause stress and discomfort to humans when working with or around them. Human risks and their inconveniences when working in an interactive social environment essentially come from unavoidable attack of the robots due to malfunctioning operations caused by either misunderstanding and misinterpreting information extracted from sensing and perception or failures of path planning and motion control. Hence, such functional components and their incorporation play crucial roles on securing human physical and psychological safety in human-robot interactive social environments.
This half-day workshop aims to create a forum for researchers who are interested in human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments. We welcome open discussions on all aspects of guaranteeing human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments with, but not limited to, the following topics:
Current state of the art of human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments
New hardware and software for human safety and comfort
System design and integration for human safety and comfort
Safety rules for human safety in human-robot shared workspaces (beyond the Proxemics – Hall’s model)
Human-robot interaction studies focusing on safety and comfort
Ethics for human safety and comfort
Human face and body detection and tracking
Human gesture and posture recognition
Human detection and tracking techniques
Human-object interaction detection and tracking
Human interacting group detection and tracking
Sensor fusion techniques to extract social cues and signals
Learning algorithms for interpretation of social signals and cues in contexts
Human aware robot navigation techniques
Human avoiding and approaching techniques
Human-robot interaction in proximities
Path planning and motion planning for mobile service robots in social environments
Robot navigation in dense human crowds
Control engineering applied for services mobile robots
Real-time control and optimization of robot operations in social environments
Applications of mobile service robots in social environments
Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yongsheng Ou, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China (email@example.com)
Takayuki Kanda, ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rachid Alami, LAAS-CNRS, TMBI, Univ. Toulouse, France (Rachid.Alami@laas.fr)
Xuan Tung Truong, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada (email@example.com)
Trung Dung Ngo, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We have a paper accepted to give oral presentations at the IRIS 2017:
moreBots: System Development and Integration of an Educational and Entertainment Modular Robot, Van Tung Le and Trung Dung Ngo, the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors (IRIS2017), Ottawa, Canada, October 05-07, 2017.
Our PhD candidate, Mohammed Iqbal successfully defended his PhD thesis titled "Hierarchical Structure and Control of Multi-agent Systems". His PhD thesis is a collection of his published and submitted papers, which can be seen in the lab's publication.
Iqbal came back his home country for a lecturer (Assistant Professor) position at the International Islamic University.
Our PhD candidate, Xuan Tung Truong successfully defended his PhD thesis titled "Socially Aware Robot Navigation System". His PhD thesis is a collection of his published and submitted papers, which can be seen in the lab's publications.
Truong came back his home country for a lecturer (Assistant Professor) position at the Le Quy Don university.