The workshop will be held on December 3rd, 2009, at Fondazione Mediaterraneo in Sestri Levante, Italy.

Motivations and Objectives

The growing need to automate daily tasks combined with new robot technologies are driving the development of human-friendly robots, i.e., safe and dependable machines, operating in the close vicinity to humans or directly interacting with persons in a wide range of domains. The technology shift from classical industrial robots, which are safely kept away from humans in cages, to robots, which will be used in close collaboration with humans, requires major technological challenges that need to be overcome.

The objective of the workshop is to share knowledge between young researchers on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR) from design and control towards safety and ethical issues involving the introduction of robots into everyday life.

List of topics

  • Design and Control strategies
  • Applications
  • Safety and Legal issues


Registration is free of charge!

Those wishing to attend (attenders, speakers, organizers) must register by filling in this form and sending it by e-mail to hfr2009(at)

Important dates

All papers (max 2 pages) must be submitted to hfr2009(at)

  • Paper submission due: November 1 th, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: November 10 th, 2009


Raffaella Carloni, University of Twente (UTWENTE)

Agostino De Santis, Università di Napoli Federico II (UNINA)

Gianluca Palli, Università di Bologna (UNIBO)

Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Max Planck Institute (MPI)

Irene Sardellitti, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Riccardo Schiavi, Università di Pisa (UNIPI)

Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit  Brussel (VUB)