Workshop – Robotic Co-workers 4.0: Human Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments

October 5, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
A half-day workshop at IROS 2018, (Madrid, Spain)

 Important Dates:
Submission of short papers: July 30th
Notification of acceptance Date: August 15th

Short-papers (2-4 pages in IEEE conference format) can be submitted via e-mail to

Professional and personal service robots are becoming enabling assistive technologies for social interactive environments. However, the first and the most challenging issue with respect to deploying 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 humans, while human psychological comfort implies that robots should not 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 situations due to robot malfunctioning operations caused by either misunderstanding and misinterpreting information extracted from sensing and perception or failures of path planning and motion control. Furthermore, humans may feel uncomfortable as well as fear and stress towards service robots as such robots do not behave in the natural way of humans with respect to their social situations, contexts, and cultures. It is important to find out a methodological approach of incorporating social signals, cues, and norms into sensing, perception, path planning, and motion control of the robot control architecture so that the robots capable of securing human physical safety and ensuring psychological comfort when interacting and cooperating with humans in human-robot shared work spaces.

  • Current state-of-the-art in human safety and comfort in interactive social environments
  • New hardware and software design for human safety and comfort
  • System design and integration for human safety and comfort 
  • Safety rules for human safety in human-robot shared workspaces 
  • Ethics for human safety and comfort
  • Human detection and tracking techniques in shared environments
  • Human face and body detection and tracking
  • Human gestures and posture recognition 
  • Human-object interaction and human-robot handover detection and tracking 
  • Human group interaction 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 
  • Robot navigation in dynamic social environments
  • Robot avoiding and approaching techniques 
  • Human-robot interaction in close proximity  
  • Path planning and motion planning for mobile service robots in social environments 
  • 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 environment
Rachid AlamiLAAS-CNRS, TMBI, Univ. Toulouse, France (
Takayuki KandaKyoto University, Japan (
Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto, Canada (
Yongsheng Ou, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China (
Xuan Tung TruongUniversity of Prince Edward Island, Canada (
Trung Dung NgoThe More-Than-One Robotics Laboratory, Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, University of Prince Edward Island (