The 11th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2018) will be organized on November 13-14, 2018, at Shenzhen, China.

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 create a focused single-track workshop and bring together researchers so to share knowledge on design, control, safety and ethical issues, concerning the introduction of robots into everyday life. For the first time the workshop is organized outside Europe, it also targets at creating a bridge between the continents for communicating human friendly robotic technologies.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Fundaments of human-friendly robots
1.mechatronic design
2.control methods for safe and adaptive interaction
3.interaction-based robot design
4.telerobotic systems
5.methods for physical and cognitive human-robot interaction
6.multimodal human-robot communication
7.human monitoring and intention recognition
8.cognitive modeling
9.adaptive interfaces
10.cooperative task execution and sliding autonomy
11.learning by demonstration
12.human factors
13.benchmarking and performance analysis and ethical issues

Applications of human-friendly robots
1.medical and rehabilitation devices
2.prostheses and orthoses
3.robot assisted therapy
4.personal and entertainment robots
5.collaborative robots robots
7.human-robot interaction in hazardous environments.

Social and Ethical Issues


     Activity Content     Date
  Submission due August 15, 2018
  Notification of acceptance   September 15, 2018
  Early registration deadline October 27, 2018
  HFR workshop November 13-14, 2018