ICRA2018 Workshop “WORKMATE: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative robot MATEs”

ICRA2018 Workshop “WORKMATE: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative robot MATEs”

We are organizing the workshop “WORKMATE: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative robot MATEs” at IEEE ICRA 2018. The call for contributions is now open!


Call for Contributions

WORKMATE: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative robot MATEs

ICRA2018 Workshop – Brisbane, Australia, May 21, 2018

Workshop website:  https://workmate2018.wordpress.com

Submission deadline: April 1, 2018


The introduction of the Industry 4.0 paradigm is expected to redefine the nature of shop-floor and intra-logistics environments along many directions, including the role played by robots in the manufacturing process. To enforce human-robot cooperation (HRC) in shop-floor environments, two high-level directives must be taken into account: on the one hand, cooperation models enforcing the overall task objectives must be adopted; on the other hand, the robot must be flexible enough to assess the human operator’s stress and fatigue, adapt to her/his actions avoiding a purely reactive approach, and make its intentions clear.

This full-day ICRA workshop will target four main topics.

The traditional approach according to which HRC systems are developed targets expert operators. This needs to be re-thought, considering instead common people as the target users who will program and operate the robot. This can be achieved by considering natural and intuitive robot programming approaches and interfaces, which do not require expert knowledge [TOPIC 1].

To favour the acceptability and trust of robots as workmate, it is important to enable a smooth interaction between humans and robots. This implies several aspects: human intention and human action recognition processes are of the utmost importance to adapt to the operator’s actions as they unfold [TOPIC 2]; robot motions and gestures should be not only safe, but also aimed at enhancing human trust, following, e.g., bio-inspired patterns [TOPIC 3]; furthermore, robot behaviors and communication modalities should adapt to the operator’s cognitive and physical capabilities, as well as incipient fatigue and stress, sharing autonomy accordingly and supporting the operator when needed [TOPIC 4].

We will try to identify and debate about key aspects related to the use, the acceptability, the trust and the benefits of HRC systems. WORKMATE will foster discussion around such questions as:

  • How can a robot understand operator’s actions, intentions and eventually her/his physical and mental status?
  • What should a robot do to make its behavior understandable by the operator, therefore enforcing a sense of trust?
  • How much information should the robot provide to the operator? What means of communication should the robot use?
  • How much information does the robot need from the operator? What are the best ways to represent such knowledge? 
  • How can a non-expert operator communicate with the robot in a natural manner?


Submission Guidelines

Prospective participants are welcome to submit full papers (4 to 6 pages), to be presented as posters. Submitted papers must follow the template available at https://workmate2018.wordpress.com/call-for-contributions/.

List of Topics

  • Natural cooperation between robots and human operators
  • Human motion, intention and status understanding
  • Human stress and fatigue detection for affective robotics
  • Human trust in human-robot cooperation
  • Adaptive robot behavior
  • Human-robot communication
  • Acceptability of human-robot cooperation systems


Organizing committee

  • Valeria Villani, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT
  • Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT
  • Barbara Bruno, University of Genoa, IT
  • Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Univeristy of Genoa, IT


Invited Speakers

  • Kai Arras, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, DE
  • Norbert Krüger, University of Southern Denmark, DK
  • Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich, DE
  • Il Hong Suh, Hanyang University, ROK
  • Sami Haddadin, Leibniz University of Hannover, DE
  • Erhan Oztop, Ozyegin University, TR
  • Francesco Nori, Italian Institute of Technology, IT
  • Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Hae Won Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Rachid Alami, The National Center for Scientific Research, FR



The conference will be held in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, AUS.



All questions about submissions should be emailed to Valeria Villani (valeria.villani@unimore.it).

2018-02-17T19:55:04+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Lorenzo Sabattini, News, Valeria Villani|