Physical human-robot interaction: a design focus


    IEEE ICRA 2019 - Montréal, Canada - May 24 2019



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    This workshop addresses the challenges faced in the design of robots that physically interact with humans. Physical human robot interaction (pHRI) involves several aspects of robotics including design, control, planning, sensing, learning and others. Recent advances in the area of pHRI has made it possible for cobots to be integrated in many industrial, domestic and healthcare environments. However, one of the main stumbling blocks in the development of collaborative robots is the design of the physical components of robots as well as the interaction between these components. Indeed, although planning, sensing and control are essential in the development of effective collaborative robots, the design issues remain the main barrier to be overcome. How do we built effective and lightweight robots? How do we design robots that are harmless to humans and yet capable of deploying forces that are large enough to accomplish useful tasks and manipulate significant payloads? How do we provide effective mobility to robots while making them robust and compact? These questions raise issues that pertain mostly to the design of collaborative robots. In this workshop, current and future solutions will be presented that aim at breaking new ground in the development of more effective, safe and responsive robots.




    The workshop will bring together senior researchers, young researchers, students and industry representatives. The goal is to create a forum for open discussions, exchanges and demonstrations. Collaborative robots developed by the organizers at Université Laval and at École de Technologie Supérieure will also be demonstrated on site in order to further stimulate discussions. Authors of contributed papers and invited speakers are also be encouraged to bring hardware for demonstration whenever possible. The invited presentations will be distributed throughout the day, in order to make the schedule dynamic. Moreover, presentations from academic researchers and from industry representatives will alternate in order to foster discussions. Between the invited talks, contributed papers will be presented and separated in 3 or 4 sessions. Contributed papers will be presented as lightning talks (3-minute presentations) followed by a poster session. This format maximises the one-on-one interactions and stimulates discussions.




     Confirmed invited speakers

    Call for papers


    Contributed papers are solicited from research groups from around the world who are active in the development of robots, robot components, novel actuator designs, novel robot structures, robotic grippers, sensing and reactive devices, safety components, software tools, control strategies and other techniques related to pHRI robots. Authors should prepare their papers using the ICRA format. Papers may have between 3 and 6 pages (although shorter or longer papers can be accepted) and must be submitted by email to Prof. Gosselin by April 19, 2019. 

    All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically as a US letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) PDF format.

    Presentation at the workshop will be in the lightning presentation format followed by a poster session. The size of the poster boards will be the same as for the regular ICRA papers. Authors are encouraged to bring hardware or videos when possible.  Tables and power outlets will be provided. Authors who are planning to bring hardware demonstrations should mention it in their submission email. 




    All papers will be published on the workshop web page. Also, the authors of contributed papers as well as the invited speakers will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of ROBOTICA on the design of robots for physical human-robot interaction. The papers will have to go through the standard review process in order to ensure high quality. It is expected that the special issue will be published at the beginning of 2020.




    Professor Clément Gosselin

    Département de génie mécanique

    Université Laval

    1065 avenue de la médecine,

    Québec, Qc, Canada, G1V 0A6

    Phone: +1.418.656.3474




    Professor Vincent Duchaine

    Département de génie de la production automatisée

    École de Technologie Supérieure

    1100 rue Notre-Dame Ouest,

    Montréal, Qc, Canada, H3C 1K3

    Phone: +1.514.396.8899