Towards Safe Human-Robot Interaction

  • Elena Corina Grigore
  • Kerstin Eder
  • Alexander Lenz
  • Sergey Skachek
  • Anthony G. Pipe
  • Chris Melhuish
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23232-9_29

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6856)
Cite this paper as:
Grigore E.C., Eder K., Lenz A., Skachek S., Pipe A.G., Melhuish C. (2011) Towards Safe Human-Robot Interaction. In: Groß R., Alboul L., Melhuish C., Witkowski M., Prescott T.J., Penders J. (eds) Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems. TAROS 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6856. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

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.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Corina Grigore
    • 1
  • Kerstin Eder
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander Lenz
    • 2
  • Sergey Skachek
    • 2
  • Anthony G. Pipe
    • 2
  • Chris Melhuish
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Bristol Robotics LaboratoryBristolUK

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