In the latest years Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and collaboration is enabling new robot applications especially thanks to the last generation of collaborative robots; this is particularly true in manufacturing processes, where robotics technology can play a fundamental role in helping and supporting operators during the execution of heavy and repetitive tasks.
A new generation of collaborative robots has been developed, with the aim of enabling HRI, through a safe workspace sharing between the human operator and the robot. However, depending on the tool used by the robot or on the application itself, even collaborative robots need additional safety sensors or physical barriers in order to be safe, according to ISO standards. On the other hand, a lot of algorithms and technologies have been developed, both at academic and industrial level, to improve safe human-robot interaction.
The workshop aims at collecting contributions from the invited speakers coming from the industrial, academic and regulatory sectors, encouraging an open discussion on what are the blocking points/requirements for these technologies and algorithms to be used in real applications. These inputs will help the robotics community in defining the way forward in order to achieve a safe and largely deployable HRI within industrial contexts. The expected output is a “manifesto” from both industrial and academic points of view to advance proposals and request feedbacks to the regulatory committees. The manifesto will permit to initiate changes in safety for robotics and unlock industrial applications.