DRHE 2013 Dependable Robots in


Modern robotics is addressing many new areas of application that require safe and effective, physical and cognitive interaction with humans. The 8th workshop on “Technical Challenges for Dependable Robots in Human Environments” continues the successful story of this track of scientific events that brings together a small group of top experts in Robotics and other disciplines to discuss the latest major advances in this field and to identify roadmaps for future development of dependable robotic technologies. The workshop in IROS 2013


The safety of robots is a topic of increasing prominence in the robotics community. As robot capabilities have grown and made the desire to move robots into closer proximity to humans, so too has the need for a more flexible approach to safety than the traditional isolation-based approach. However, before robots can be put into every home, office and city street, we must be able to have confidence in the safety features they provide. This requires evaluating the performance of these safety features and the possible consequences of failures. There are significant research efforts going on around the world to support this, including a performance evaluation centre in Japan to support standardised testing of robot dependability and safety; crash-test dummy and biological experimentation in Germany to evaluate the severity of injuries caused by collisions between; and the development of a standardised collision testing device at NIST in the USA. The IARP and RAS have held a regular workshop on robot safety since 2001. The focus of this workshop will be on evaluation of robot safety. The workshop will include invited speakers from Japan and Germany who are recognised experts in the empirical evaluation of robot safety. In keeping with previous DHRE workshops, submissions will also be invited on this and other topics relating to robot safety. The objective of the workshop will be to inform researchers interested in robot safety of the state of the art in evaluating the performance of robot safety features (``functional safety''), and provide a forum for discussing valid evaluation techniques, the exchange of empirical evaluation data, and future research directions. The workshop is targeted at both academic researchers working on safety evaluation techniques, and at commercial parties interested in how to demonstrate the safety of their products.

Program at a glance

Workshop takes place in Room 604 of the conference Venue

09:20-09:30 Opening

09:30-10:30 Invited Talk 1

11:00-12:00 Session 1

13:00-14:00 Invited Talk 2

14:00-15:00 Session 2

15:30-16:50 Panel Discussion

16:50-17:00 Closing.

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The workshop will take place in the 2013 IEEE Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2013) ,Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

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Important Dates

Extended abstract due:

28. July 2013

Notification of Acceptance:

5. Aug. 2013

Full paper submission:

18. Oct. 2013

Workshop Day:

3. Nov. 2013


- IROS 2013 Workshop -

IEEE-RAS-IARP Joint Workshop on

Technical Challenges for Dependable Robots in Human Environment


Tokyo Big Sight, Japan 3rd. November 2013

Contact Information:

For any inquiries regarding the workshop, posting Documents and Papers: Please mail to ( the conference secretariat )