The 1st Workshop on Robotics for Occupational Safety & Health in Industrial Environments (ROSHIE)

At ICAR 2019, the 1st ROSHIE workshop will capture and highlight recent trends in the field of robotics for occupational safety and health (OSH). The invited speakers will share their experiences in developing and testing robotic technologies for OSH. The round-table forum at the end, will discuss existing and new strategies that can be adopted towards real-world deployments of robotics systems for OSH.

For occupational safety, even routine tasks in certain work environments expose workers to extreme risks, such as disaster response and recovery, nuclear decommissioning, industry (chemical, petro-chemical, and iron & steel), marine and underwater operations, etc. After the Fukushima disaster and following the DARPA Robotics Challenge (2015), the scientific community has seen advanced trials in real-world environments, providing important learnings in autonomous navigation, remote robotic teleoperation with bilateral haptic control, shielding robots from environmental elements, 3D visualization and environment perception, communication bandwidth and latencies, etc.

For occupational health, the most frequent threat to workers is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to material handling (> 30% of the worker population in the EU), repetitive movements (63%) and awkward body postures (46%). In the last years, wearable assistive robotic devices have shown their potential benefit in the reduction of the muscular efforts of the operator during manual handling tasks. In an industrial setting, wearable robots could become a daily use equipment. Therefore, its acceptability by the operators is a key design motivation.



19th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2019), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Conference Location: Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Organizers Contact

Nikhil Deshpande (Primary contact)

Jesús Ortiz

Abdeldjallil Naceri

Stefano Toxiri

Daegeun Park

Affiliation and Address: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Via Morego 30, 16163, Genova, Italy. Ph: (+39) 010 2896 1.


Workshop Agenda (Thursday, 05-Dec., 13:30 - 17:00, Room 107)

Time Speaker Agenda
13:30 – 13:40 --  Welcome Remarks
13:40 – 14:05 Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy Autonomous Aids for Teleoperation in High Risk, High Complexity Tasks
14:05 – 14:30 Kenjiro Tadakuma, Tohoku University, Japan Cut and Fire Resistance Deformable Soft Gripper Based on Wire Jamming Mechanism
14:30 – 14:55 Navvab Kashiri, IIT, Italy A Collaborative Bi-manipulation Mobile Platform in Human Work Environment
14:55 – 15:20 Daegeun Park, IIT, Italy Developing Exoskeletons for the Industry of Today
15:20 – 15:45 Michele Focchi, IIT, Italy Locomotion Strategies for Quadruped Robots
15:45 – 16:00 -- Snack / Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:25 Carlo De Petris, INAIL, Italy "Workplace Safety" - Smart technologies for a Safe and Secure Industrial Environment: the Italian Experience
"ROBOTICS: Benefits to OSH practices"
16:50 – 17:00 -- Closing Remarks and Conclusion


Speakers' Bios

Pic Paolo Fiorini
Prof. Paolo Fiorini, received the Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Padova, (1976), the MSEE from the University of California at Irvine (1982), and the Ph.D. in ME from UCLA (1994). From 1977 to 1985 he worked for companies in Italy and in the US developing microprocessor-based controllers for domestic appliances, automotive systems, and hydraulic actuators. From 1985 to 2000, he was with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he worked on autonomous and teleoperated systems for space experiments and exploration. In 2001 he returned to the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) where is currently Full Professor. He founded the ALTAIR robotics laboratory to develop tele-robotic systems for space, medicine, and logistics, focusing on delicate tasks, such as robotic surgery. In the past 15 years he received several European and Italian grants in robotic surgery, addressing accuracy, safety and autonomous capabilities of surgical robots. He also founded four companies in robotic surgery. His activities were recognized by the Entrepreneurship Award at the European Robotics Forum, the Antonio D’Auria award for robotic aids for disabled people, the IEEE Fellow (2009), and several NASA Technical Awards. 

Contact: ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory, University of Verona

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Pic Kenjiro Tadakuma


Prof. Kenjiro Tadakuma is an associate Professor of the Graduate School of Tohoku University from May 2015. He received his MEng degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2004. He received his PhD degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the same institute in 2007. He was a visiting researcher of Massachusetts Institute of Technology from September 2006 to March 2007. He was a postdoctoral associate at the same institute from April 2007 to December 2007. From January 2008 to March 2008, he was the postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Graduate School of Tohoku University. From April 2008 to July 2009, he was an assistant professor at the University of Electro-Communications. From August 2009, he has been an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Osaka University. His research interests mainly include robotic mechanisms omnidirectional mobile robots, gripper mechanism with stiffness-changing as a view point of softrobotics. His mechanism team is the winner of the IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Mechanisms and Design May 22, 2019.

Contact: Tadokoro/Konyo/Tadakuma Lab, Tohoku University

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Pic Carlo De Petris


Dr. Carlo De Petris, graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Rome "La Sapienza". From 1982 to 1996, he was been engaged in research activities on internal combustion engines at FIAT Research Center (Turin, Italy), at the Institute for Engines of Naples of the Italian National Council of Research, and at T&N Technology Research Center (Rugby, United Kingdom). From 1988 to 1991, he was a professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Cassino (Latina, Italy), teaching machine design. From 1996 to 2014, he carried out his research at the Research Center of the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL, Rome, Italy) on diagnostic and prognostic technologies applied to equipment operating in industrial plants. Since 2014, he is the Director of the Department of Innovation Technologies of INAIL. He is the author of many scientific papers, and has several industrial patents to his name.

Contact: Dipartimento Innovazioni Tecnologiche e Sicurezza degli Impianti, Prodotti e Insediamenti Antropici, INAIL

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Pic Michele Focchi


Dr. Michele Focchi, is currently a Researcher at the Dynamic Legged Systems (DLS) team in IIT. He received both the Bsc. and the Msc. in Control System Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. After gaining some R&D experience in the industry, in 2009 he joined IIT, where he developed a micro-turbine for which he obtained an international patent. In 2013, he got a PhD in robotics, getting involved in the Hydraulically Actuated Quadruped Robot project. He initially was developing torque controllers for locomotion purposes, subsequently he moved to higher level (whole-body) controllers and model identification. He was also investigating locomotion strategies that are robust to uncertainties an work reliably on the real platform. Currently his research interests are focused on pushing the performances of quadruped robots in traversing unstructured environments, by using optimization-based planning strategies to perform dynamic planning. He published more than 35 papers in international journals and conferences and supervised several master and one PhD and thesis. He is part of the following projects: INAIL-Teleop, UniCatt Vinum Robot, Vodafone 5G.

Contact: Michele's Github

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