Towards safe human-robot interaction

Elena Corina Grigore*, Kerstin Eder, Alexander Lenz, Sergey Skachek, Anthony G. Pipe, Chris Melhuish

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Abstract

The development of human-assistive robots challenges engineering and introduces new ethical and legal issues. One fundamental concern is whether human-assistive robots can be trusted. Essential components of trustworthiness are usefulness and safety; both have to be demonstrated before such robots could stand a chance of passing product certification. This paper describes the setup of an environment to investigate safety and liveness aspects in the context of human-robot interaction. We present first insights into setting up and testing a human-robot interaction system in which the role of the robot is that of serving drinks to a human. More specifically, we use this system to investigate when the right time is for the robot to release the drink such that the action is both safe and useful. We briefly outline follow-on research that uses the safety and liveness properties of this scenario as specification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages323-335
Number of pages13
Volume6856 LNAI
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event12th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2011 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Aug 20112 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6856 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Conference

Conference12th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySheffield
Period31/08/112/09/11

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