ECCE 2010 Workshop: Robots That Care


Many countries face pressure on their health care systems. To alleviate this pressure, ‘self care’ is often stimulated with the use of new, assistive technologies. Social robotics is a research area in which psychology, robot technology and artificial intelligence is combined, aiming for robots that are able to function in cooperation with humans in social settings. One of these social settings is self care assistance. To foster progress in this area of ‘social robotics for self care’, coordinated efforts between research institutes, companies and end users are needed. This workshop during The European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010 (ECCE 2010) focuses on bringing these stakeholders together and creating a shared research agenda and will take place on 24 August 2010 in Delft, The Netherlands.


This workshop intends to stimulate progress in the area of social robotics for self care, for example by creating a shared research agenda. The main objective is to strengthen the interaction between the different stakeholders to stimulate efficient cooperation. To this end, the workshop aims to attract researchers, companies (e.g. companies interested in application areas for social robotics, companies interested in selfcare and the possible application of social robotics in this domain) and end-users (e.g. hospitals, care-homes, health associations (e.g. diabetic associations), and health insurance companies). To make this objective concrete, the workshop will produce a shared research agenda that will be published as a position paper in a leading journal (to be determined).


This is a full day workshop. In the morning there will be short presentations by participants about their vision, ideas, or current projects. Ideas on, for example, the physical form, behavior, roles, and capabilities (e.g. memory, learning) of social robots and how their functioning should be evaluated are encouraged.
During lunch, some of the topics that came up in the morning will be selected. In the afternoon, small groups (preferably multidisciplinary) will discuss these. A short plenary presentation by each group is given, followed by a plenary discussion.

Last update: Takanori Shibata, developer of the famous therapeutic robot PARO will give a keynote presentation. More info here

 This workshop has been made possible by the EU project ALIZ-e (FP7-ICT-2009-4, ID:248116)