Human-Centered Robotics

International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium HuCeRo-2013

Nov 14 - 17

Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center

151 Goodman Drive

Cincinnati, OH - 45219

"A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."

- Isaac Asimov , "Runaround" in Astounding Science Fiction (March 1942)



When first published, Asimov's postulates seemed very futuristic. However, the rapid advance or robotic technology in the last few decades, and the increasingly closer interaction between humans and robots, might prompt us to consider Asimov's insights with a little more concern.

From their early use on the factory floor, robots have evolved to work alongside, and in contact with humans, in hospitals, on the battlefield, at home and at work. The need and desire to integrate robots in people's daily lives, along with developments in sensors, material science, and robotics, has triggered  a new approach to the design, control, integration, safety, and ethics of robotics, that puts the human user at the center of a robot's task.  At the same time, this has created a pressing need for inter-disciplinary training of future robotics engineers.  

The International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium, HuCeRo - 2013  aims to bring together leading researchers and engineers in the fields of robotics, computer science, material science, and brain-computer interaction. The participants will present ongoing work, share ideas for future developments in human-centered robotics, and help lay the foundation for a formal course curriculum to train engineers in this area.

The symposium is funded by a grant from the University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council to Dr. Anca Ralescu of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems, and Dr. Grant Schaffner of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and is further supported by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The organizers are grateful to Gaurav Mukherjee for his hard work on symposium preparations and for setting up the symposium website.


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