• TIGHT - Tactile InteGration for Humans and arTificial systems

    IEEE RO-MAN 2020 Full Day Workshop

    VIRTUAL Workshop with FREE participation - Sept. 2nd, 2020

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The acceptance of new assistive and collaborative robotic devices strongly depends on the levels of confidence and awareness that the user has towards them. Confidence is essential, as it allows humans to tackle known or unfamiliar tasks in cooperation with artificial devices with increased hope, optimism, and resilience. Awareness enables confidence: the more we know about the task we must perform, and about the agent we must interact with, the more we are confident. This workshop will discuss how new tactile communication paradigms can be exploited to increase user's confidence in her/his collaborator in human-human and human-robot collaboration scenarios. Whether the partner is another human (e.g., assistant for visually impaired people) or a robot (e.g., collaborative arm in an industrial set-up), mutual understanding is fundamental to achieve a common goal. Starting from the successful results of the WEARHAP project (concluded EU-Project coordinated by University of Siena), and leveraging on the beginning of a National Italian Grant (TIGHT), speakers will talk about advantages and disadvantages of exploiting the tactile channel to transmit information, focusing, in particular, on the neuroscientific and technological challenges that derive from the use of wearable haptic interfaces. Also, the adoption of multi-modal interfaces will be discussed, together with innovative methods to evaluate human-machine interaction, and skill training techniques.


Maria Pozzi,
University of Siena,

Tommaso Lisini Baldi,
University of Siena,

Matteo Bianchi,
University of Pisa,

Domenico Prattichizzo,
University of Siena,


  • Human-Robot collaboration
  • Wearable haptics
  • Human guidance algorithms
  • Haptic guidance for visually impaired people
  • Neuroscientific foundations of the sense of touch
  • Skill training through haptic interfaces
  • Evaluation methods for multimodal Human-Robot Interaction
  • Human-robot co-manipulation
  • Human-human tactile communication
  • Speakers

    Cristian Secchi

    Full Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

    Carlo Alberto Avizzano

    Aggr. Prof. Carlo Alberto Avizzano, PERCRO Coordinator, TeCIP Istitute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa

    Arash Ajoudani

    Researcher (tenure track) and Principal Investigator of the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) laboratory of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova.

    Alessandro Moscatelli

    Researcher (tenure track - RTDb), University of Rome Tor Vergata and Researcher at the Department of Neuromotor Physiology of Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome.

    Luka Peternel

    Assistant Professor at Department of Cognitive Robotics, Delft University of Technology.

    Barbara Leporini

    Researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction field at the ISTI-CNR in Pisa.

    Andrea Maria Zanchettin

    Associate Professor of Automatic Control at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria Politecnico di Milano.

    Previous events

    The first edition of TIGHT workshop was held during I-RIM 3D 2019, in Rome.
    The speakers were: Domenico Prattichizzo, Gemma Carolina Bettelani, Gionata Salvietti, Matteo Bianchi, Barbara Leporini, and Andrea Maria Zanchettin

    Call for posters and demos

    The poster session at this workshop will give the opportunity to researchers to discuss their latest results and ongoing research activities with the community. During a flask talk presentation, presenters will have one minute to introduce their work to all workshop attendees. We also solicit suggestions for hands-on demonstrations, to give more practical insights about the workshop topics.

    Abstract Submission

    To participate, please submit by August 10th 27th, 2020 (AoE) a poster/demo title and a 1 page abstract in PDF format (ICRA regular paper template) via email to all the organizers: The poster/demo can present already published research.

  • Maria Pozzi (maria.pozzi@unisi.it)
  • Tommaso Lisini Baldi (tommaso.lisini@unisi.it)
  • Matteo Bianchi (matteo.bianchi@centropiaggio.unipi.it)
  • Domenico Prattichizzo (dprattichizzo@unisi.it)
  • All contributions will undergo a review by the organizers, and the authors will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 days from the submission date.

    Instructions for poster presenters

    All poster presenters should prepare a 3 min flash talk presentation that will be either given live during the virtual workshop, or recorded in a video to be uploaded on the workshop YouTube channel.

    If you have inquiries please email us at
    maria.pozzi@unisi.it, tommaso.lisini@unisi.it,
    matteo.bianchi@centropiaggio.unipi.it, domenico.prattichizzo@unisi.it