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Artificial Intelligence Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Conference to Explore Robot Safety Standards

New York, Aug 14, 2006

Though coined fifty years ago this summer, the term “artificial intelligence” still often evokes in the human mind fantastic images in the sphere of science fiction. But science fact is revealing that rapid advances in the field of robotics are indeed changing the fabric of today’s society.

For many years, robots have underpinned the manufacturing industry, carrying out automotive tasks that require constant repetition and precision. Today, as they grow in complexity, robots are taking on many new roles. In medicine, robots now perform highly delicate surgery. In our homes, robots are commercially available to vacuum our floors, cut our grass, and provide companionship. And on the battlefield, robots are employed to perform dangerous missions such as bomb search and disposal.

The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) is a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that writes standards for robotic technology. RIA’s standards span communication and information; performance; safety, simulation programming; and electrical, mechanical, and human interface.

ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999, Industrial Robots and Robot Systems - Safety Requirements—RIA’s standard for robot safety guides the design, installation, and maintenance of robotic appliances and systems. Included in this comprehensive standard are requirements for system integration; control reliable circuitry; personnel safety; and risk assessment methods. RIA recently published a technical report, TR R15.106-2006, Safety Metrics, to offer additional safety guidelines and to provide recommendations for teaching multiple robots.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 10218-1:2006, Robots for Industrial Environments - Safety Requirements - Part 1: Robot, is an International Standard guiding the safe design and use of robots. Though originally intended for robots in industrial environments, the safety measures established in this standard may also be applied to military, consumer, and space robots; surgical micro-robots; prosthetics and other aids for the physically impaired; and other non-industrial robots.

National Robot Safety Conference XVIII
These and other standards will be discussed at RIA’s 18th Annual National Robot Safety Conference—a forum to explore current robot and machine safety. The conference will be held October 2-5, 2006, in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.

The event will encompass presentations, case studies, panel sessions and an exhibition showcasing the latest developments in robot systems and safety standards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be on hand to discuss machine safety regulations and programs designed to help stakeholders plan and implement safe workplace environments. In addition, the conference will feature for the first time a “benchmarking” session during which pre-registered participants can have their design projects evaluated by teams of experienced robot users.

For additional details, or to register for the event, click here. Early registration at a reduced rate ends August 28.

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