Workshop 4: Standardization – Challenges and needs of Interactive Robots in the industry, healthcare and service domain

17th October at 15:00-16:30 and 17:00-18:30

Saskia Maresch (INBOTS),
Arantxa Renteria (INBOTS),
Jan Veneman (COST Action CA16116 Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions),
More information on the COST Action can be found here.


Interactive robots are ever more present, whether as humanoid information robots at airports, as assistants in the production line or as walk supporters in the healthcare domain. Thus meaningful standardization of interactive and wearable robots is becoming more and more relevant to all involved, affected and interested entities. International, European and national standardization organizations therefore bring interested parties together to agree on community-features and to support the robotics community, so that for example the performance and safety of interactive robots meet the community needs.

Against this background, the research project INBOTS (INclusive roBOTics for a better Society) is aiming to support the robotics community by giving for instance a voice to those that are not directly involved in any international, European or national standardization committees. INBOTS, together with the COST Action CA16116, envisages to identify needs and gaps in standardization through interacting with the whole robotics community and to develop a standardization approach, which will describe how the identified needs and gaps can be followed in the future.

Workshop objectives

The main goal of this workshop is to show the participants ways to overcome challenges through standardization and to discuss and gain an overview of the robotic communities needs in terms of interactive robots in different domains. The workshop will consist of presentations and discussions in the following three domains: industrial domain, healthcare domain, and service domain. INBOTS and the COST Action jointly organize this session and welcome you to take part in the discussion.

Session#1 – 17th October at 15:00-16:30
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Standardization in the R&D phase – how can this support SMEs? (Saskia Maresch, DIN e. V./ Germany/ National Standardization Body)
  • 15:15 – 15:30 Inclusive robots for a better society (Inbots) – what is being done in relation to standardization (Saskia Maresch (DIN e. V./ Germany/ National Standardization Body))
  • 15:30 – 15:45 ISO Safety and modularity standards for service robots (Prof. Gurvinder Singh Virk (InnoTecUKand CLAWAR, United Kingdom/ ISO TC 299))
  • 15:45 – 16:00 Certification process for service robots – CE mark and challenges (Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics/ Spain/ SME))
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Medical robotics and the daunting certification process (Arantxa Renteria (TECNALIA/ Spain/ R&D))
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Attitudes in standards management at start-up and developing SMEs – analysis of case studies from the wearable robot domain (Andras Toth (Budapest University of Technology and Economics/Hungary / R&D))
Session#2 – 17th October at 17:00-18:30
  • 17:00 – 17:15 Human robot collaboration criteria for the implementation in the shop floor. Massimo Di Pardo (Centro RicercheFiat/ Italy/ R&D)
  • 17:15 – 17:30 Need for evaluation standards in relation to industrial exoskeletons. Prof. Michiel de Looze(TNO/ the Netherlands/ R&D)
  • 17:30 – 17:45 COVR – towards simplified evaluation and validation of collaborative robotics applications across a wide range of domains based on robot safety skills. JuleBessler(RoessinghResearch and Development/ the Netherlands/ R&D)
  • 17:45 – 18:20 Panel discussionProf. Gurvinder Singh Virk, Andras Toth, Jan Veneman, Prof. Michiel de Looze
  • 18:20 – 18:30 User involvement, device safety and outcome measures during development of walking exoskeletons: current practices. Anna Lára Ármannsdóttir (University of Iceland).
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Oral Contributions

  • “User involvement, device safety and outcome measures during development of walking exoskeletons: current practices”.  Authors: Anna L. Ármannsdóttir, Maria-Teresa Manrique-Sancho, Juan C. Moreno, Antonio J. del Alma, Philipp Beckerle, Edwin H. F. van Asseldonk, Jan F. Veneman, Kristín Briem.


Confirmed talks: Saskia Maresch , Arantxa Renteria, Andras TothMassimo Di PardoFrancesco FerroJule Bessler, Gurvinder Singh Virk, Michiel de Looze