The workshop will be held on December 3th, 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 that 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 HFR from design, control towards safety and ethical issues related to the introduction of robots into the wider society.

List of topics

1) Design and Control strategies
2) Applications
3) Safety and legal issues


Registration to the workshop is free of charge. Any partecipant (attenders, speakers, organizers) needs to register by filling the form and sending it to

Important dates

All papers ( max 2 pages) must be submitted to .

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


Agostino De Santis,Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Gianluca Palli, Universita’ di Bologna

Irene Sardellitti, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Riccardo Schiavi, Universita’ di Pisa.

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