The 7th International

Mediterranean and Latin American

Modelling Multiconference

Robots Moving Closer to Humans (Keynote Speech at I3M 2010)

 

Robots!  Robots on Mars and in oceans, in hospitals and homes, in factories and schools, robots fighting fires, making goods and products, saving time and lives. Robots today are making a considerable impact on many aspects of modern life, from manufacturing to† healthcare.  Reaching for the human frontier, robotics is also vigorously engaged in the growing challenges of new emerging domains. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch peopleís lives.  Unlike the industrial robotics domain where the workspace of machines and humans can be segmented, applications of intelligent machines that work in contact with humans are increasing, which involve e.g. haptic interfaces and teleoperators, cooperative material-handling, power extenders and such high-volume markets as rehabilitation, physical training, entertainment. In this context, it is customary to distinguish between Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction (cHRI) and Physical Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI).  This talk is aimed at discussing a number of issues in pHRI concerning with safety, dependability and dexterity. The presentation will be accompanied by videos illustrating experimental tests on both conventional and new lightweight robots endowed with force and vision sensors.

October 13 - 15

2010

 

Fes - Morocco

 

General Chairs:

 

Agostino G. Bruzzone

MISS - Genoa Center

University of Genoa

Italy

 

Claudia Frydman

 

LSYS, Marseille - France

 

Program Chair

 

Miquel Angel Piera

MISS - Spanish Center

Univ. AutÚnoma de Barcelona Spain

 

Khalid Mekouar

 

ESISA, Morocco

 

 

Bruno Siciliano

 

 

Bruno SICILIANO was born in Naples, Italy, on October 27, 1959.  He received the Laurea degree and the Research Doctorate degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Naples in 1982 and 1987, respectively. He is Professor of Control and Robotics, and Director of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Computer and Systems Engineering at University of Naples. His research interests include: identification and adaptive control, impedance and force control, visual tracking and serving, redundant and cooperative manipulators, lightweight flexible arms, space robots, human-centered and service robotics.  He has co-authored 7 books, 70 journal papers, 170 conference papers and book chapters; his book Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control is one of the most widely adopted textbooks world-wide.  He has delivered 80 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide.  He is a Fellow of† IEEE, ASME and IFAC.  He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences.  He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology.  He is the coordinator of the large-scale integrating project DEXMART on dexterous and autonomous dual-arm/hand manipulation, funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme.  He has served the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as Vice-President for Technical Activities and Vice President for Publications, as a member of the AdCom, as a Distinguished Lecturer, and as the Society President.