COVID-related update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICRA 2020, and hence the workshop, will not be held in person on May 31th as planned (info here). We are waiting for instructions from the conference organizers to decide how to deal with the workshop. We will update the website to inform attendees of the situation as early as possible.
The deadline for submitting contributions has been extended to April 26th to take into account the current situation.


This workshop addresses the topic of how knowledge about human movement can improve physical human-robot interaction (pHRI). Recent applications of robots that collaborate with humans, such as exoskeletons and cobots, involve close physical interaction between the robot and the human. To provide suitable assistive actions, the robot needs a model of the human behavior during such interactions. The purpose of this workshop is therefore to draw the state of the art in human motor and cognitive behavior during collaborative tasks, and to present the challenges associated with the implementation of such knowledge to human-centered design and control of collaborative and wearable robots.

This workshop brings together experts in neuroscience, human motor control, and cognitive science, with experts in design and control of robots that interact with humans, in order to foster a fruitful and multi-disciplinary discussion. By providing a platform for top researchers from these different communities to share their work, we aim to inspire cross-discipline collaboration and motivate the use of more integrated research approaches that are needed for safe, efficient, and intuitive pHRI in real-world applications.

Topics of Interest

  • Physical human-robot collaboration
  • Ergonomics in physical human-robot collaboration
  • Safety in physical human-robot collaboration
  • Human-human collaboration
  • Cognitive aspects of human-human and human-robot collaboration
  • Human motor and neuromuscular control
  • Physiology and biomechanics of human movement
  • Kinematic and dynamic modeling of human movement
  • Measurement and analysis of human movement
  • Prediction of human movement
  • Human movement informing the design and control of assistive devices
  • Exoskeletons and wearable robots
  • Industrial collaborative robots


The workshop consists of 2 overview talks (45 min each including 15 min for Q&A), invited talks (30 min each including 5 min for Q&A), an interactive session with posters, videos and demonstrations selected after a call for contribution, a session with oral presentations of the best contributions, and a panel discussion (1 hour).


Support from RAS Technical Committees