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Workshop on safe and trustworthy human-robot collaboration

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The field of robotics is increasingly moving towards applications in which robots work collaboratively alongside humans in shared spaces, including: as co-workers in manufacturing, logistics and agriculture; as assistants and providers of health and social care; and as platforms for training and education. Such close collaboration (including physical interaction) brings with it particular challenges relating to the safety of the people in the environment, and their acceptance and trust in the technology.

Building on a series of earlier events and activities that identified safety and acceptance as two of the primary challenges facing uptake of collaborative robots in the workplace, this event aims to further explore the vision for safe and trustworthy human-robot collaboration, and outline the research needed to achieve it.


What will be covered at the workshop?
Participants at this workshop will take part in a series of facilitated discussions and activities designed to:

  1. Explore the vision for human-robot collaboration, and identify particular needs of stakeholders
  2. Determine and prioritise the research challenges required to realise this vision
  3. Explore and identify funding opportunities
  4. Outline a series of projects to address these challenges, and create the partnerships and collaborations to progress them


What are the expected outcomes?
By the end of the day, participants will have explored the potential for collaborative robotics, and developed outlines for research projects to address some of the identified challenges. These will form the basis of a writing retreat held on 26-28th March 2018, during which project ideas will be further developed into proposals. The retreat is primarily for aimed at academics to help expand on the workshop proposals, but all stakeholders are invited to attend and contribute to the shaping of the research programme.

Groups already discussing potential projects or funding opportunities relating to human-robot collaboration are welcome to attend to help progress their ideas.


Who should attend the workshop?
All stakeholders interested in the application of collaborative robots, including (but not limited to):

  • Organisations using or planning to deploy robots in collaboration with human users or in shared spaces (e.g. in manufacturing, health and social care, agriculture, or public services)
  • End users expecting to work with or around collaborative robots
  • Health and safety teams
  • Healthcare practitioners
  • Policy makers
  • Robot manufacturers and suppliers
  • System integrators
  • Academics and researchers from Sheffield and York Universities


About the facilitator:
Dr Kamal Birdi has been engaging in research and practice in the areas of organisational learning, creativity and innovation for over twenty-five years. He is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at The University of Sheffield and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. He has widely investigated different methods of developing employee creativity and assessing the facilitators, inhibitors and consequences of organisational innovation. His CLEAR IDEAS innovation development method has been taught to hundreds of participants from private, public and third sector organisations in the UK and overseas. In recent years, he has used this model to bring together academics and organisations to help develop collaborative and novel research projects such as the EPSRC’s £3.9m Grand Challenge for Water TWENTY65 programme. In 2010, he was given the British Psychological Society’s DOP Academic Contribution to Practice Award for his work on improving organisational processes.


This workshop is funded by the HEIF Connecting Capabilities Fund via The University of Sheffield's Internal Knowledge Exchange Scheme, and is held in partnership with the University of York.

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