The audience of this workshop was not restricted to robotic specialists. To provide an overview of possibilities and issues of the future of robotics, the first part of the workshop consisted of short presentations, focusing on specific topics. The details of the developed topics is given below. You can also download the slides of this workshop.
“ Personal robots are designed to assist non-expert users in achieving daily tasks in households, offices, hospitals, shopping malls, and others indoor cluttered and human-populated environments. But, even though the usefulness of these machines is evident, are the people ready to accept this intrusive presence in their life? ”
Consuelo Granata is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR - UPMC, Paris) and she actually works at the Imperial College of London as visiting researcher. Her main activity focuses on the synthesis of smart behaviors for assistive robots, taking into account the perception of humans and of the environment as well as the decision taking and the robot control.
“ What is the impact of robotics in our society? Will robotics change our way of life and are we prepared for these changes? Are there still societal issues remaining? How is thought the human-robot interaction nowadays? ”
Serena Ivaldi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR - UPMC), Paris. Her main research activities are: whole-body dynamics and control, humanoids interacting with humans and with unpredictable environments, and cognitive development of the humanoid.
“ With the development of wearable robotic devices the frontiers of "normality" are moving. This talk is about these frontiers, and how robotics can be considered regarding their application. ”
François Touvet ran his PhD in a Neurosciences lab while working on robots. His research domain is the hand and its control (may it be biological or artificial) and more generally bio-inspiration for robotics.
Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik
“ Many industries now consider the robotics solution to provide better workplaces. Robots in the indusrty have left the big manufacturing plans and went mobile. This talk is about a use of mobile robots in the oil and gas industry as solution to acquire seismic data underwater. ”
Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik is a PhD candidate in robotics between ENSTA Bretagne, Brest and CGG. He is currently working on the SpiceRack project, autonomous seismic recording nodes. His research domains are mainly mobile robotics, localisation and interval analysis.
Dr.-Ing. Sven R. Schmidt-Rohr
“ How is innovation transferred from the research field to the industry? What are the current ways to transfer innovations, and how will it evolve in the future? ”
Sven Schmidt-Rohr is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Anthropomatics, Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His main research activities are: programming by demonstration, probabilistic decision making, service robots, and robot manipulation.
“ How surgical robots have evolved until today? And which points researchers in the field should take into account in order to provide effective answers to the real needs of the patients and of the medical staff? ”
Alonso Sanchez is a last year PhD student at LIRMM, Montpellier. He is currently working on the design and control of mesorobots for endoluminal surgery. His research background is mainly in microelectronics, surgical robotics and 3D vision.
The workshop toke place on March, 21st 2013 in Lyon at Centre des Congrès.
You can download the slides of this workshop here.