July 1st, 2022

Close Proximity Human-Robot Collaboration

Challenges & Opportunities

Hybrid Event - RSS 2022


Close-proximity human-robot collaboration (HRC) has the potential to help address pressing societal needs including flexible manufacturing, construction, logistics, and home care. In this workshop, we aim to promote and characterize close-proximity HRC as a new field of research, which we define as an interaction in which the human and the robot are co-located in space and time and continuously share large portions of their operational space. Modern robots lack the necessary capabilities (i.e., sensing, perception, control, and intelligence) to operate in close proximity with people, and there exists a technological barrier that prevents researchers in HRC from advancing the state-of-the-art. We argue that close-proximity HRC is i) an under-explored area of research, ii) key to the emergence of complex, rich, and flexible human-robot collaboration, and iii) an enabling technology for robots to respond to the pressing societal needs (COVID-19 pandemic among others) of modern society.

With this workshop, we aim at identifying the research needs to advance knowledge in the field, and in particular: a) understanding human-human and human-robot collaboration in conditions of task needs and space constraints; b) identifying novel capabilities needed for robots to safely and effectively operate in close proximity with people; c) bringing together the modeling of a) and the technology of b) to tackle HRC problems that revolve around realistic interactions that were not possible before. This workshop (hopefully, the first of many) is both timely and forward-looking in that it will identify current bottlenecks and propose future directions of work.

Topics of Interest

  • Perception, control, and planning in close-proximity environments

    • Sensors for enabling close-proximity interaction

    • Sensors for human safety

    • State estimation and sensor fusion for close-proximity HRC

    • Safety in physical human-robot interaction

    • Task allocation

  • Modeling and prediction of human interactions in close proximity environments

    • Prediction of human movement/actions in close proximity

    • Coordination Modeling

    • Team communication, task transparency

  • Collaborative systems to enable co-located human-robot teaming

    • Shared software and hardware infrastructures/tools

  • Evaluation of close-proximity human-robot collaboration

    • Trust in human-robot teaming when operating in close proximity

  • Future directions and opportunities

Important Dates (23:59 AoE)

  • April 15, 2022 - Applications Open

  • May 27, 2022 June 3, 2022 - Submission Deadline

  • June 17, 2022 - Notification of acceptance

  • June 21th, 2022 - Camera-ready deadline

  • July 1st, 2022 - Close Proximity Human-Robot Collaboration Workshop

What do we aim to accomplish during this workshop?

In this workshop, we will discuss state-of-the-art approaches in close-proximity human-robot collaboration, with topics spanning from sensing and control to application areas. We aim to promote discussion and assemble researchers in this domain to foster collaboration and develop new opportunities in the field.


Andrea Bajcsy

University of California

Angelique Taylor

Cornell Tech

Harold Soh

National University of Singapore

Changliu Liu

Carnegie Mellon University

Matthew Gombolay

Georgia Institute of Technology

Zackory Erickson

Carnegie Mellon University

Siddhartha Srinivasa

University of Washington and Amazon

Sami Haddadin

Technical University of Munich