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Human-robot collaboration: the safety perspective (IRIM-WS117)

Human-robot collaboration (HRC) is catching on in the industrial environment. The close human-robot interaction turns the spotlights on safety issues and several solutions and strategies for safe and performant collaboration are proposed on the scientific and technological landscape. However, legislation and standardization are characterized by slower processes. The workshop will address the following topics related to HRC:
• Directives and standards
• Safety in the design of collaborative robotics applications
• Testing and validation protocols
• Cross-domain safety assessment challenges


Thursday 10 December

From 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm CET

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Human-robot collaboration: the safety perspective (IRIM-WS117)

Marcello Valori (Organizer)

Marcello Valori holds a Ph.D (2014) and a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2010) from Polytechnic University of Bari. In 2012/13, he was with the Robotics and Mechatronics Group of the University of Twente (NL) as a visiting researcher. In 2014/15 he was internal sales engineer at MerMec SpA. In 2016, he joined the Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing of the National Research Council of Italy (STIIMA CNR), where he currently works as a researcher. He is involved in several research projects, with technical and management roles. His current research interests concern safety aspects collaborative robotics operations, challenging assemblies in the field of flexible electronics, the combined rapid manufacturing of functional components and the design of biomedical devices.

Massimiliano Ruggeri

Massimiliano Ruggeri holds a Ph.D. in Management Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2009) and a M.Sc. Electronic Engineering at the University of Bologna (1995). From 2001 he is a researcher at CNR IMAMOTER (Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines) and now in STEMS (Institute for Energy and Sustainable Mobility) of the National Research Council of Italy. From 2013, he is member of the advisory board of CEI (Italian Electrotechnical Committee) and from 2003 he has been member of several ISO working groups on the behalf of UNACOMA (Italian National Federation of Agricultural Machine Manifacturers). His main research interests concern Mechatronic systems and Robotics, Sensors and Functional Safety, in the automotive, industrial and agricultural field.

Enrico Turco (co-chair)

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Luca Carbonari

Luca Carbonari attains the MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 at Università Politecnica delle Marche. In 2011 he attains his PhD at the same University (Engineering Sciences – Course of Computer Science, Management and Automation Engineering). From 2010 to 2011 he is with the ArmLAB, at the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. From 2012 to 2014, and again from 2016, he is Post Doctoral Researcher for the Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of the Università Politecnica delle Marche. In 2015 he is Post Doctoral Researcher at the Departement of Advanced Robotics of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy. At present, he is a researcher at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests involve Machine Mechanics and Robotics, with a particular attention for synthesis and analysis of machine kinematics. His work was focused on collaborative robotics, parallel robots, flexible mechanisms and multibody system dynamics. At present, his work mainly concerns service robotics, with focus on the fields of precision agriculture and human assistance.

Alfio Minissale

Alfio Minissale received his master degree in 2007 in Electronic engineering (automatic control), from the University of Catania. He joined the COMAU group in 2008, working in application and process engineering for the Robotics Business Unit. From 2012 he has been involved in many EU FP7 and H2020 projects such as Autorecon, SMErobotics, X-Act, Flexicast, ROBO-PARTNER, VERSATILE, ESMERA, Sherlock, Hr-recycler addressed transversally to several aspects of the robotics field. From 2015 he worked in the Product development department as a benchmarking specialist in validation test and benchmarking laboratory. He is currently responsible for EU funding and research projects within Robotics and automated products business unit.

Federica Ferraguti

Federica Ferraguti received the M.Sc. degree in Industrial and Management Engineering and the Ph.D. in Industrial Innovation Engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2011 and 2015. She has been visiting researcher at the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in the Automation, Robotics and System Control Lab (ARSControl). In 2017 she received the “Fabrizio Flacco Young Author Best Paper Award” from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Italian Chapter. Her research deals with collaborative robotics and safety-related issues, surgical robotics, telerobotics, physical human-robot interaction and control of robotic systems.

Stefano Savazzi

Stefano Savazzi is a researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) with the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (IEIIT) in Milano. He was a visiting researcher with the Uppsala University (2005) and the UCSD, San Diego (2009). He co-authored over 100 scientific publications. His research interests include signal processing, sensing, learning and networking design aspects for the Internet of Things and beyond 5G. He is the recipient of the 2008 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award.

José Saenz

José Saenz earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1999, a M.S. in mechatronics from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg in 2004, and a Doctorate in Automation from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in 2019. He is a Senior Research Scientist and has been at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation in Magdeburg since 2000. His main research interests are in the fields of safe human robot collaboration, mobile manipulation, inspection and cleaning service robots, and safety sensor development. He has served in the euRobotics AISBL Board of Directors since 2017.

Irene Fassi

Irene Fassi holds a Ph.D. (2001) in Industrial Technologies and a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (1997) from Politecnico di Milano. Since 1998 she is a full time researcher at CNR-ITIA (now CNR-STIIMA), where she founded and leads the research group MEDIS. She is adjunct professor at University of Brescia and Politecnico di Milano for robotics, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing systems. She is a member of the Executive Board of SIRI (Italian Robotics and Automation Association), of AITeM (Italian Association of Manufacturing Technologies), of the ASME/DED Technical Committee on Micro and Nano Manufacturing, and currently serves as President elect for the International Institution for MicroManufacturing.

Giovanni Legnani

Giovanni Legnani holds a Ph.D. (1987) in Applied Mechanics and a MSc in Electronic Engineering (1982) from Politecnico di Milano. Since 1992, he is Professor in Applied Mechanics at the University of Brescia, where he is currently coordinator of 7 bachelor and master courses in the area of Industrial Engineering. His teaching and research activities concern mainly Robotics and Biomechanics and he is author of more than one hundred indexed scientific publications. He is member of the technical committee on robotics of UNI (Italian Standard Organization) and vice-president of SIRI, the Italian Robotics and Automation Association.

Adriano Scibilia (Organizer)

Adriano Scibilia received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Catania in 2015, and the M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2018. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing of the National Research Council of Italy (STIIMA CNR). His research activities concern safety issues in collaborative robotic systems in the industrial domain, hazard identification and risk analysis, physical human-robot interaction and analysis of human behaviour in collaborative scenarios.

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