The missions of robots are mainly directed to acquit humans from arduous and repetitive tasks. In the past, application fields were mainly industrial. In addition, the surrounding environments of the robots were static and the human interventions were not needed. Later, as humans developed more autonomous and intelligent robots, human-robot collaboration and interaction became possible. Furthermore, newly emerged technologies allowed the robots performing housework, helping elderly or disabled people with particular capabilities, etc. Thus, humans got direct or indirect contact with the robots, which became able to understand human language in order to interact with them. In addition, due to advances in computing power, sensor systems, etc., the reactive behaviors of the robots could be assured in the dynamic and unknown environments.

In recent years, the advent of the digitization in the industry allows building flexible factories. On a single production line, several products can be launched simultaneously. Workers are thus included in the manufacturing process as helpers. Moreover, human operators can communicate/collaborate with the robots without difficulty.

Industrial and service robots are converging to some extent and consequently sharing very similar issues. Accordingly, they may follow similar problem-solving approaches.

The workshop aims at discussing the state-of-the-art and new ideas about the similarities between industrial and service robotics in terms of issues and dedicated solutions. The purpose of the workshop is also to identify some specific particularities of service robotics in human-robot interaction and scale the approaches to industrial robotics. In addition, concepts inspired by service robotics scalable to the industry are welcome.

This workshop is dedicated to students and academics interested in human-robot interaction and collaboration, specialists in service robotics and interested in extending their ideas to industrial robotics or vice-versa.


Main Organizer
Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées (CDTA), Algiers, Algeria.
Dr. Akli Isma is currently affiliated with the “Division of Robotics and Productics” in CDTA (Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées), with the SRP (Systèmes Robotisés de Production) research team.  She obtained her Ph.D. degree in “Robotics and control” in 2016 form “University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB)”.  Her research topics are essentially related to mobile manipulation, trajectory and task planning, mission allocation and teleoperation.

Abdelfetah HENTOUT

Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées (CDTA), Algiers, Algeria.
Dr. Abdelfetah Hentout is affiliated with the SRP (Systèmes Robotisés de Production) research team in CDTA (Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées). He holds a Ph.D. degree (2012) in “Robotics” from the “University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB)” and a Magister degree (2004) in “Industrial informatics” from the “Military Ploytechnic School (EMP)” (Algeria). Dr. Hentout is author of many research articles and has published his work in high quality journals (Elsevier, Springer, Intech …) and major IEEE and IFAC conferences. His researches mainly focus on multi-agent systems, control architectures, flexible job-shop planning and scheduling, mobile manipulation, multi-robot systems, optimal path planning, telerobotics and cyber-physical systems.



Authors are invited to submit their contributions, related to the following, but not limited to, list of topics within the scope of the workshop:

  • Human-robot collaboration.
  • Cyber-physical systems with robot collaboration.
  • Multi-robot with human interaction.
  • Human-robot communication.
  • Human-in-the-loop robotic control.
  • Multi-agent systems with human interaction.
  • Human-robot interaction in industrial scenarios.
  • Task and motion planning.
Hao Ding, ABB Corporate Research, Germany
Paolo Franceschi, Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA), Italy

Description of the presentation

The presentation aims at describing a mechanical and control design methodologies to enable human-robot cooperation in installation tasks. On the basis of the experience in H2020 CleanSky 2 EURECA project and EFFORTLESS project, two devises (a cooperative manipulator for the first project and an exoskeleton for the second project) are presented. Tasks requirements drive the mechanical design of the devices, together with the control approaches definition.

Gabriele Bolano, FZI, Germany

Description of the presentation

At FZI we developed a system that allows efficient human-robot collaboration, enabling the robot to predict and avoid future collision with the live 3Denvironment information captured by multiple depth cameras. The use of GPUs to massively parallelize the collision checking algorithms allows the robot to detect obstacle and replan its motion in real time. In this way the robot is able to avoid idle waits, promoting the execution of trajectories with a safety distance to obstacles and humans.

Yasser Mohammad, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Description of the presentation

This talk explores the use of imitation for task acquisition as well as for learning to interact naturally with humans during face-to-face interactions. The paper will focus on the main challenges for effective imitation learning emphasizing the importance of the context for the learning process. Our approach to robotic imitation focuses not only on how to learn a new skill after observing it but on automating the process of discovering what to imitate in the first place. Both conceptual advances and specific algorithms leading to more robust skill transfer and natural communication will be discussed. The talk will also touch upon some social aspects of robotic imitation including the effect of back imitation that may inform the design of interaction environments in modern industrial establishments in order to facilitate more effective collaboration between human workers and robots.

Tom Williams, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Description of the presentation

Robots designed to interact with humans must be able to understand and generate natural language referring to entities in their shared environment. While previous approaches to reference in robotics provided the referential capabilities needed for operation in traditional, constrained industrial environments, they are not sufficient for modern, flexible industrial environments, nor for application to far less structured service robotics contexts. In this talk, I will highlight the challenges language-enabled robots may expect to encounter in these challenging contexts, present our previous work towards addressing those challenges, demonstrate the application of our approach to disparate application domains, and discuss how we are currently both pushing the boundaries of our previous approach, and reconsidering the ethical dimensions of this exciting problem space.

Scientific committee

  • Daniel Sidobre, Université Paul Sabatier, France ;
  • Maximo A. Roa, DLR, Germany ;
  • Stefania Pellegrinelli, ITIA, CNR, Italy ;
  • Christian Juelg, FZI, Germany ;
  • Bouzouia Brahim, CDTA, Algeria ;
  • Hasan Fleyeh, Darna University, Sweden ;
  • Aouache Mustapha, UKM, Malaysia ;
  • Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London, England ;
  • Sotiris Makris, University of Patras, Greece.
Submission procedure

The papers should be sent electronically to hri-si2018@cdta.dz. At least one author will be required to attend the workshop.

All the papers will go through a double-blind peer review and selected based on relevance, originality and theoretical and/or technical quality.

Important dates
  • Deadline for papers submission: July 23th, 2018.
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 31st, 2018.
  • Deadline for final registration: August 11th, 2018.
  • Workshop date: August 30th, 2018.
Program of the workshop

08h15 - 08h30 : Opening.

08h30 - 09h00 : Hao Ding: ABB Corporate Research, Germany.

09h00 - 09h30 : Paolo Franceschi: Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA), Italy.

09h30 - 10h00 : Hentout Abdelfetah: Centre for development of advanced technologies, Algeria. (Download)

10h00 - 10h30 : Coffee break.

10h30 - 11h00 : Yasser Mohammad: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan. (Download)

11h00 - 11h30 : Tom Williams: Colorado School of Mines, USA. (Download)

11h30 - 12h00 : Gabriele Bolano: FZI, Germany. (Download)

12h00 - 14h00 : Lunch.

14h00 - 14h20 : Akli Isma: Centre for development of advanced technologies, Algeria. (Download)

14h20 - 15h00 : Discussions and closing.


Best papers of the workshop will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue at Advanced Robotics journal.


For your enquiries, please contact: iakli@cdta.dzakli_isma@yahoo.fr or ahentout@cdta.dz.



Workshops will be held in the same venue as the main conference in Nanjing.  The workshops attendance will be free (no workshop fees).


This proposed workshop is supported by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on: Collaborative Automation for Flexible Manufacturing [Hao Ding, Julie A.Shah, Andrea M.Zanchettin, Miao Li].