Invited Speakers

Giorgio Metta

iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa

Socially attuned robots to compensate for the limits of present-day AI

Giorgio Metta is Vice Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Director of the iCub Facility Department at the same institute. He coordinates the development of the iCub robotic project. Giorgio

He holds an MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002, he was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and since 2012 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He is also deputy director of IIT delegate to the training of young researchers. He is member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research.

Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 250 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international as well as national funded projects.

Paolo Rocco

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano

Reactive motion generation for safe and productive human-robot collaboration

Collaborative robotics is a key ingredient of the ongoing industrial revolution. In the new smart factory, physical separation between robotic manipulators and humans is no longer necessary. Safety issues however arise in this scenario, while productivity has to be maximized. This talk will address methods and tools to ensure safety in such collaborative environments, focusing on safety assessments and on techniques where motion of the robot is obtained as an output of an optimization-based real-time algorithm. Experiments on both single-arm and dual-arm manipulators in cooperation with human operators will be shown.

Paoloopr Rocco is a full professor in automatic control and robotics at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he serves as Chair of the BSc and MSc Programs on Automation and Control Engineering.

He has served in various positions in the Editorial Boards of journals and conference. At present he is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and an Associate Editor of the IFAC journal Mechatronics.

He has been responsible for several projects funded by public bodies and private companies and was in charge of the safe-human robot interaction activities in the FP7 project ROSETTA. He has coauthored about 150 papers in the area of robotics, motion control, and mechatronics.

Jochen Steil

Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab), Bielefeld University

A  user interaction perspective on the “new robots”

It is widely accCoR-Lab Bielefeld; September 2015epted that interactive, lightweight, impedance controlled, redundant “new” robots are a main technological driver for the new  age of digitalized production. It is less known, however, what this will mean in practice. The talk discusses this envisaged robotic future of work from a user’s perspective:

  • What do users understand about these robots ?
  • How to design interaction for teaching and programming ?
  • What kind of problems do application developers face ?

Some preliminary answers are derived from a number of applied and transfer projects that were conducted in the FP7 framework and the German leading edge Cluster of Intelligent Technical Systems towards Industry 4.0. These comprise user studies, robot-integrated modular production technology, and interface design, whereas topics requiring further research are also identified.

Prof. Jochen Steil is managing director of the Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) at Bielefeld University, Germany and visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.
Jochen Steil’s research interests are learning in humanoid robotics, artificial cognitive systems, learning and stability in neural networks, robot learning and system architectures, in particular in the context of production systems.
Since 2010, he has served as coordinator of the FP7-EU project AMARSi – Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills and since 2015 as coordinator of EU-H2020 CogIMon – Cognitive Interaction in Motion. He also leads several projects in the German leading edge Cluster in Intelligent Technical Systems that aim at solutions for the digitalized industry. In the academic year 2012-13 he participated in an interdisciplinary research group on “Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain”. J. Steil is associate editor of Frontiers in Humanoid Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and has published more than 150 papers in cognitive robotics and learning.