From Humans, to Robots and Back: A workshop on human-centered robotics (HRoBa)

Location: Laguna Hills, CA, USADate: Sep 26, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018
Website: https://hroba.github.io
The 1st HRoBa Workshop is in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE AIKE 2018)


Submission deadline: August 20th, 2018
Acceptance notification: September 1st, 2018

Nowadays, a lot of attention is given by many different research areas to the human- centered robotics topic. Despite that robots are becoming more and more part of humans’ daily lives in fields such as healthcare, entertainment, education, social assistance, physical therapy, and others, they are barely seen in the real world and in the service of people in need. This is partly due to the high prices of the proposed solutions, but also due to a lack of guaranteed, safe behavior or non-intrusive solutions. Furthermore, for practical reasons, some of these solutions were derived from existing systems that were developed for industrial or research settings, which might not be sufficiently adapted to human-centered contexts.


This workshop aims at bringing together scientists from different areas (human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence and machine learning, assistive and rehabilitation robotics, robotic systems design, field robotics, wearable robotics, biomedical and clinical domains, etc.) which have, as research interest, a deeper understanding of humans to propose solutions which:
(i) can be used by robots to safely interact, assist and cooperate with humans or

(ii) can help at developing solutions adapted to human needs.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical and social interaction among robots and humans
  • Wearable robotics systems for rehabilitation and human augmentation
  • Bio-inspired models and controllers
  • Learning from demonstrations for Human-Robot Collaboration or Human-Human Collaboration
  • Autonomy in dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Applications and challenges in human-centered robotics (e.g. rehabilitation, social
    interaction/therapy, to provide assistance)


Prospective participants are welcome to submit either full papers (6-8 pages), extended abstracts (4 pages) or posters (2 pages) in the conference format (IEEE standard).

The HRoBa'18 Workshopis looking for original ideas and unpublished contributions from different areas of robotics and intelligent systems describing novel bio-inspired methodologies and drawing on rigorous quantitative approaches across (but not limited to) computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics, and life sciences. We also welcome system design, works in progress, simulations or software solutions, as long as they meet the guidelines of the session.

To submit your manuscript (pdf file) please send it by email to panchea@lix.polytechnique.fr and/or francois.ferland@usherbrooke.ca with the subject HRoBa submission”.

Accepted papers require that, at least one of the authors to register and attend the workshop.

Workshop Organizers:

Adina M. Panchea, Ecole Polytechnique, France (panchea@lix.polytechnique.fr)
François Ferland, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada (francois.ferland@usherbrooke.ca)