Call: Safe and Acceptable Human-Robot Collaboration at IEEE RO-MAN 2020

Special Session on
Safe and Acceptable Human-Robot Collaboration
the 29th IEEE International Symposium on Robot
and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2020)
Naples, Italy
August 31 to September 4, 2020

Deadline: 29th of April 2020

NOTE: The RO-MAN Steering and Organizing Committees are constantly monitoring the information and advice given by the World Health Organisation and the Governments about the COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus). Please know that health and safety are our first priority. Our thoughts are with those affected by the restrictions, difficulties and uncertainty that people are facing.

At this point, we would like to confirm that:

  • The paper submission deadline has been extended to the 29th of April to provide authors of the time to produce their best work, despite the many additional challenges we are facing at the moment.
  • We are considering alternatives to allow for remote participation to both the main conference and workshops should disruptions still occur in September.
  • All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and uploaded to IEEExplore, regardless of whether a physical or virtual presentation will be given.


The purpose of this special session is to explore how collaborative robots can interact with humans in a safe and acceptable way fostering their integration in real world contexts. The special session will focus any human-robot collaboration (HRC) application with a specific attention to industrial scenarios (one of the most promising application areas for HRC). This special session will focus on three aspects of human-robot collaboration: (1) investigation of cognitive features and functions to support human-robot interaction during the execution of collaborative tasks, (2) technological development for guaranteeing safe and effective human-robot collaboration and (3) human behavior and expectations as a means to understand the acceptance aspects of collaborative robots in real scenarios. This special session is also related to a Workshop held in RO-MAN 2017 “Human-Robot Collaboration for an improved Quality of Work” and will continue to pursue deeper understanding on HRC.


  • Cooperative and Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction;
  • New enhancing safety functions for the current status of ISO Robotics Standards or future directions in relating to HRI;
  • Vocal and gesture commands and physical contacts in real world applications;
  • Communication and coordination between human and robot;
  • Robot motion and navigation in realistic environments
  • Cognitive features for collaborative robots;
  • Long-term autonomy in human-robot collaborative scenarios;
  • Human-aware planning and execution in human-robot collaboration;
  • Generation of robust robot controllers;
  • Failure detection and recovery in HRC control systems;
  • Evaluation methods for HRC workplaces and process (productivity, flexibility etc.);
  • Benchmarking and objectively & quantitatively evaluating performance of robots during the cooperation with human;
  • Ergonomics of HRC (Physical, Intensity of signals, alarms, visual field etc.);
  • Vision and control of industrial robots for HRI applications;
  • Novel Sensing and grasping technologies for HRI;
  • Interfaces for real-time path and motion planning and collision avoidance;
  • HRC design;
  • Case Studies, Experiments, Ethics and Outreach


All papers submitted to RO-MAN 2020 will undergo a peer-review process. A manuscript will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, who will provide detailed comments and – if the submission gets accepted – the authors submit a revised (“camera-ready”) version that takes into account this feedback. The review process is managed by the program chair, the program co-chairs, the editors, and the conference associate editors.

All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process: authors declare their names and affiliations in the manuscript for the reviewers to see, but reviewers do not know each other’s identities, nor do the authors receive information about who has reviewed their manuscript.

Authors should use the templates provided by the electronic submission system. The templates for US Letter format paper should be used.

The manuscript submission website will require that you submit your abstract and make any final changes to the author list and title of the paper before uploading the paper.

All authors and co-authors must be registered in the electronic system. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that the complete author list and the correct title are being entered. This information will be used for the conference program and the proceedings.


Submission deadline: APRIL 29, 2020
Notification of acceptance: MAY 27, 2020
Camera-ready deadline: JUNE 15, 2020


Create an account: go to, then PIN and fill out the form. Ask all your co-authors to do the same if they do not have an account on the system yet, write down the authors’ PINs (this information is needed for manuscript processing purposes).

Go to Support Menu and depending on how you are preparing your paper, download a template: LaTeX or MS-Word, Use these templates/style files to create the paper and save in PDF format.

Upload the paper: go to and click on “Submit a contribution to RO-MAN 2020”.

Submit (special session paper). Use the session code: y7g7h

Fill in the form presented on the next page (make sure to enter all author PINs created in Step 1).


  • Dr.-Ing. Mohamad Bdiwi, Fraunhofer Institute for machine tools and forming technology, Chemnitz, Germany,
  • Alberto Finzi, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy,
  • AndreA Orlandini, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology (CNR-ISTC), Rome, Italy
  • Nicola Pedrocchi, Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (STIIMACNR), Milan, Italy,

The special session is promoted by SHAREWORK project (H2020 Factories of the Future G.A. 820807).


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