Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the Future

Ro-Man 2017

The International Workshop on RoboCom++ Fet-Flagship-Proof-of-Concept Project: Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future

Statement of objectives

Europe is facing major problems and a number of challenges threatening the future quality of life and prosperity of EU citizens. Robots can be a solution to some of these challenges. Robots based on the current technological and scientific paradigm, although successful, encounter serious problems to perform daily life activities and complex tasks in real-world poorly structured environments. In fact, in the mechatronic paradigm adopted in current robots system complexity increases and robustness decreases more than linearly when complexity in the desired behaviours and application environments increases.

The main objectives of this workshop is to offer new insights on the next generations of Robot Companions for citizens, capable of overcoming the inherent limitations of current robots. It aims at identifying new design paradigms, grounded on Nature principles in order to develop the Robots of the future which will interact and co-operate with humans in disruptively new ways.

List of topics

  • Robotics
  • Soft Robotics
  • Bioinspired Robotics
  • Morphological Computation
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Intelligent Materials
  • Artificial Muscles
  • Flexible electronics
  • Collaborative Robots

 

  • Robot Companions and Social Robots
  • Limits of current approaches
  • Beyond mechatronics paradigms
  • Life science vs Robotics vs cognition
  • Deep Learning applications for Robotics
  • Neuromorphic chips for Robot brains
  • Reproducible Research
  • Robotics as a science
  • Ethical, Legal, Economic and Social Aspects

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            RoboCom++ Workshop Draft Agenda

Call for Papers

We welcome prospective participants to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) or extended abstracts (up to 2 pages). We especially encourage abstracts on new ideas or research that the authors plan to conduct; feedback can be given during coffee breaks or during discussions.
Abstract format should be according to the RO-MAN 2017 paper guidelines (IEEE format).
Submissions should be in PDF format via email.

Submission System

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 10, 2017
Acceptance notification: July 15, 2017

Send PDF via E-mail: secretariat@robocomplusplus.eu

Main organiser

Paolo Dario
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
+39 050 883401; +39 348 8863117
paolo.dario@sssup.it

Co-organisers

Dario Floreano
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
dario.floreano@epfl.ch

Philippe Souères
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/LAAS (CNRS-LAAS), France
soueres@laas.fr

Barbara Mazzolai
Istituto Italia di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
barbara.mazzolai@iit.it

Cecilia Laschi
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
cecilia.laschi@santannapisa.it

 
Fabio Bonsignorio
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
fabio.bonsignorio@santannapisa.it
 

Stefano Mazzoleni
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
stefano.mazzoleni@santannapisa.it

 
Clementina Cruceli
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
clementina.cruceli@santannapisa.it