Towards the safety of human-in-the-loop robotics: Challenges and opportunities for safety assurance of robotic co-workers'

Kerstin Eder, Chris Harper, Ute Leonards

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Abstract

The success of the human-robot co-worker team in a flexible manufacturing environment where robots learn from demonstration heavily relies on the correct and safe operation of the robot. How this can be achieved is a challenge that requires addressing both technical as well as human-centric research questions. In this paper we discuss the state of the art in safety assurance, existing as well as emerging standards in this area, and the need for new approaches to safety assurance in the context of learning machines. We then focus on robotic learning from demonstration, the challenges these techniques pose to safety assurance and outline opportunities to integrate safety considerations into algorithms 'by design'. Finally, from a human-centric perspective, we stipulate that, to achieve high levels of safety and ultimately trust, the robotic co-worker must meet the innate expectations of the humans it works with. It is our aim to stimulate a discussion focused on the safety aspects of human-in-the-loop robotics, and to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to address the research challenges identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Subtitle of host publication2014 IEEE RO-MAN
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages660-665
Number of pages6
Volume2014-October
EditionOctober
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6763-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014
EventThe 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014) - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

Conference

ConferenceThe 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period25/08/1429/08/14

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Cognitive Science
  • Visual Perception

Keywords

  • human robot interaction
  • safety assurance
  • robotic coworkers
  • human-in-the-loop robotics
  • verification
  • assurance
  • safety
  • Robotic assistants

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