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Important dates

Full paper submission:
February 23, 2015

Notification of acceptance:
March 09, 2015

Final paper submission:
March 30, 2015



Scientific sponsors




Professor Adriana ŢĂPUŞ, ENSTA-ParisTech, France

Toward Lifelong Learning, Adaptation, and Adjustability for Personalized Human-Robot Interaction

Dr. Adriana ŢĂPUŞ is a Full Professor at ENSTA-ParisTech since May 2009. She received her Habilitation in Computer Science from UPMC (France) in 2011, her PhD in Computer Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2005 and her degree of Engineer in Computer Science and Engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania in 2001.

She worked as an Associate Researcher at the University of Southern California (USC), where she pioneered the development of socially assistive robotics, also participating to activity in machine learning, human sensing, and human-robot interaction.

Her main interest is on long-term learning (i.e. in particular in interaction with humans) and on-line robot behavior adaptation to external environmental factors. She has more than 100 publications in well-known journals and conferences, and she received the Romanian Academy Award for her contributions in assistive robotics in 2010. She is involved in many French National projects and EU Horizon 2020 projects in assistive applications.

Abstract: Robots are more and more present in our daily lives. Lately, robots have been used in human-centric environments and they have to move and navigate in cluttered and dynamic environments, to interact with humans, and to obey to some social rules so as to produce an appropriate social behavior in accordance to human's profile (i.e., personality, state of mood, and preferences) and context. Natural longitudinal human-robot interaction is still an open issue in robotics, especially with respect to lifelong learning, robot behavior adaptation, and adjustability. The personalization aspect necessitates the robot to understand the human partner. In other words, the robot adapts and adjusts its behavior to fit the user’s profile (e.g., personality, preferences, emotional state, levels of physical and/or cognitive impairment) and the task to accomplish. The purpose of this adjustment is to be in better agreement with the users and to best help them to maximize their performance in the task. In my talk, I will discuss different personalized interaction models applied for health-related applications, cooperation and driving tasks that were developed in my lab.


Dr. Nicolae JONI, General Manager of Robcon TM, Romania

Carl CLOOS - A Provider of Advanced Robotic Solutions for Arc Welding

Dr. Nicolae Joni is General Manager of the company Robcon Timisoara representing CLOOS in Romania. Dr. Nicolae Joni is active in the field of automated and robotic welding. After a prestigious research career in the Institute of Welding in Timisoara, he founded in 1990 the company Robcon TM, which he is leading since then. Together with his collaborators from Robcon he introduced many robotic systems for arc welding in the Romanian industry.

Dr. Nicolae Joni is currently President of the Association for Welding in Romania (ASR) and Vice-President of the Romanian Robotics Society (SRR).

Abstract: Carl CLOOS is a company which has evolved during the last century from a small tool manufacturer to the actual provider of modern arc welding equipment. After developing for decades automatic arc welding machines CLOOS adopted naturally the robot welding direction; the beginning was made with a license for VicArm Puma - like robots, which was successively improved up to its actual fifth generation. Each new generation of these robots (called first "ROMAT" and nowadays "QIROX") demanded more and more advanced arc welding solutions. CLOOS continuously innovated in this field: the first industrial MAG welding plant, the first transistorized power supplies at the end of the'70s, the first pulsed arc welding machines in the early ‘80s or the first Tandem welding equipment are some examples of such technical innovations. CLOOS designed and produced then its own robotic devices like the tactile and thru-the-arc sensors for seam following or the 7th axis for anthropomorphic robot manipulators. Since the '90s CLOOS became a strong, multinational group. It has today representatives and branches in many countries; CLOOS plays an active role in Romania too, being represented by Robcon TM S.R.L. in robotics as well in the arc welding domains. In the last years CLOOS actively encouraged innovation both in welding - by introducing more efficient, new welding processes such as LaserHybrid, RapidWeld, and Narrow Gap, and in robotics- a new modular system for optimal configuration of the peripherals and manipulators, new transducers, sensors and dedicated software for robot systems.