The 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) is being held in Vancouver Canada this week. The theme of IROS 2017 is “Friendly People, Friendly Robots”. Robots and humans are becoming increasingly integrated in various application domains. We work together in factories, hospitals and households, and share the road. This collaborative partnership of humans and robots gives rise to new technological challenges and significant research opportunities in developing friendly robots that can work effectively with, for, and around people.