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ICT35M3 Security and safety issues of robotics

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Module:

Programme:

ICT

ECTS:

6

Type:

Masters

Module name:

Security and safety issues of robotics


Scope and form:

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to systematic methods to analyze, control and evaluate the security and safety issues in robotics (e.g. industrial robots, medical robots.). A safety model may address software, hardware and the policy that control all phases of design, production, testing and industrial, medical and other applications of any robot system. The module is presented in a standard format of lectures, readings and problem sets. There will be an in-class midterm and final examination. These examinations will be open book. A problem set will be distributed every two weeks and will be due 7 days later. All homework is to be done individually and will be graded.


Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

13 weeks, 6h/week

Type of assessment:

The final grade will be a weighted average of a) Homeworks - 30%, b) Midterm - 25% and c) Final - 45%

Qualified Prerequisites:

Bsc in Engineering; Advanced Industrial Robotics.


General module objectives:

This module is designed so that it provides the student with the basic knowledge and understanding of the systematic methods to analyze, control and evaluate the security and safety issues in robotics (e.g. industrial robots, medical robots.). Besides the software and hardware issues the learner will be taught on policies that control all phases of design, production, testing and applications of the robot systems. Further challenges as implementing robotics-human interactions laws will be addressed too. Software implementing the concept of ‘humanity’ remains a future and very demanding challenge.


Topics and short description:

Safety requirements for industrial robots;
Safety requirements for medical robots due to their direct contact with patients and medical staff (e.g. surgeons);
Particularities of safety issues of medical robots;
Ergonomics analysis methods for human-machine interface design;
Robotics safety and security operations taking place in challenging, unstructured environments.Software and hardware safety requirements;
Systematic methods to analyze, control and evaluate the security and safety issues in robotics.


Learning outcomes:

Knowledge

Skills

Competences

Develop an understanding of security and safety requirements in robotics applications

Critically evaluate new robotics technologies, main safety requirements, and present information in a concise report

Analyze the design principles, architectures and control in robotics in relation to security and safety issues of robotics

Develop an understanding of particularities of safety issues in medical robotics

Examine different configuration of medical robots and to be able to address their software and hardware safety requirements.

Improve the software and hardware in medical robotics to address their safety requirements.

Systematic methods to analyze, control and evaluate the security and safety issues in robotics

Examines current problems and propose solutions in security and safety issues in robotics

Applying systematic methods to analyze, control and evaluate the security and safety issues in robotics


Recommended literature:

“Robot system reliability and safety- a modern approach”, Dhillon B.S., CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4987-0645-2, 2015.
“Computer-integrated Surgery: Technology and Clinical Applications” – Chapter 19: A discussion of safety issues for medical robots, Davies B.L., pp.287-296, Editors: Taylor R.H., Lavalle S., Burdea G.C., Mosges R., Cambridge, MIT press, Taych 0-262-20097-X, 1996. 
“The safety issues of medical robots”, Fei B., Ng W.S., Chauhan S., Kwoh C.K., Reliability Engineering and System Safety no.73, pp.183-192, Elsevier, 2001.
“Robot reliability and safety”, Dhillon B.S., ISBN-13: 978-1-4612-7814-6, Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 1991.
“Towards safe robots.Approaching Asimov’s 1st law”, Haddadin S., ISBN: 978-3-642-40307-1, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2014.
“Advances in rehabilitation robotics. Human-friendly technologies on movement assistance and restoration for people with disabilities”, Eds. Zenn Bien Z., Stefanov D., ISBN: 3-540-21986-2, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004.
“Robot ethics. The ethical and social implications of robotics”, Eds. Lin P., Abney K., Bekey G.A., ISBN: 9780262526005, MIT press, 2011.