Workshop and Tutorials

- Tutorial: Model-based management
- Tutorial: Greenhouse Gas Measurements
- Workshop: Smart Energy Systems

Half-day Tutorial

Model-based management of safety information for robot systems using SafeML

Organizer(s): Geoffrey Biggs (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Noriaki Ando (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Estimated Schedule: 9:00 ~ 12:00 10:00 ~ 13:00 – September 20, 2016

Recent advances in robotic technology have enabled the practical application of robots in every-day scenarios surrounded by non-expert users and by-standers, such as robots for assisting in the care of the elderly and automated delivery robots in hotels. There have also been changes in industrial robotics, with human workers and robots beginning to be placed in close proximity to cooperate on tasks, rather than separated from each other by physical barriers. These new scenarios increase the importance of understanding and correctly managing the safety implications of each robot and its application. However, managing and using safety information is known to be an arduous task, requiring considerable manual effort. This tutorial will teach participants how to apply model-based techniques to the task of managing and understanding the safety information produced while designing a robot system. Participants will learn about the following topics.

  1. What the difficulties are when working with safety information and creating safe robots.
  2. How model-based techniques can be applied to improve management and understanding of safety information.
  3. How to apply SafeML to achieve the above.


Speaker: Geoffrey Biggs (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Short Biography: Geoffrey Biggs completed his BE in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Auckland in 2002, followed by his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, studying robotics, in 2007. His research focused on tools used by developers of mobile robotic systems. He is currently a research scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan, where he works at the intersection of software architectures, formal modelling technologies and safety. He participates in international standardization activities at the OMG and ISO. He contributes to several open-source robot software architecture and development tool projects, and was a core developer for the popular Player software architecture.




Tutorial/Workshop Co-Chairs
Eiichi Yoshida (AIST)
Mihoko Niitsuma (Chuo Univ.)
Program Chair
Tetsuo Kotoku, AIST, Japan

Important Dates
March 31, 2016

Deadline of Proposal of Workshops and Tutorials (extended)

March 31, 2016

Deadline of Proposal of Organized Sessions (extended)

March 31, 2016

Deadline of Submission for Regular Papers(extended) and Position Papers (4/22)

June 1, 2016

Notification of Paper Acceptance (July 1, 2016: Submission of Final Camera-ready Papers)

SICE Annual Conference 2016
September 20-23, 2016
Tsukuba International Congress Center, Tsukuba, Japan
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