The 5th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2012) will be organized on October 18th-19th, 2012, at the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium.


Motivation and Objectives

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

The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers so to share knowledge on design, control, safety and ethical issues, concerning the introduction of robots into everyday life.

List of topics

  • 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.), cognitive interaction (robot assisted therapy, personal and entertainment robots, robot learning, etc.)
  • Social and ethical issues

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Danica Kragic
  • Dr. Christian Ott
  • Prof. Luc Steels
  • Prof Giulio Sandini

Important dates

  • Paper (one A4) submission due: August 31st, 2012 (Extended until Friday 7th September 2012)
  • Notification of acceptance: September 10th, 2012
  • Registration: cheaper before September 30th, 2012: registration page


Local organizers

Previous HFR Workshops

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