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Environmental Hazard Analysis - a Variant of Preliminary Hazard Analysis for Autonomous Mobile Robots

Dogramadzi, Sanja; Giannaccini, Maria Elena; Harper, Christopher; Woodman, Roger; Sobhani, Mohammad; Choung, Jiyeon


Maria Elena Giannaccini

Christopher Harper

Roger Woodman

Mohammad Sobhani

Jiyeon Choung


© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Robot manufacturers will be required to demonstrate objectively that all reasonably foreseeable hazards have been identified in any robotic product design that is to be marketed commercially. This is problematic for autonomous mobile robots because conventional methods, which have been developed for automatic systems do not assist safety analysts in identifying non-mission interactions with environmental features that are not directly associated with the robot’s design mission, and which may comprise the majority of the required tasks of autonomous robots. In this paper we develop a new variant of preliminary hazard analysis that is explicitly aimed at identifying non-mission interactions by means of new sets of guidewords not normally found in existing variants. We develop the required features of the method and describe its application to several small trials conducted at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the 2011–2012 period.


Dogramadzi, S., Giannaccini, M. E., Harper, C., Woodman, R., Sobhani, M., & Choung, J. (2014). Environmental Hazard Analysis - a Variant of Preliminary Hazard Analysis for Autonomous Mobile Robots. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 76(1), 73-117.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 27, 2013
Online Publication Date Mar 2, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications
Print ISSN 0921-0296
Electronic ISSN 1573-0409
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Issue 1
Pages 73-117
Keywords hazard analysis, environmental survey, autonomous, mobile robot, safety
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