Workshop on Socially Assistive Robotics (November 21st, 2017)


Human-Robot Interaction Strategies for Rehabilitation based on Socially Assistive Robotics (Register closed)

Organizers: Carlos A. Cifuentes (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito) and Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University)

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There is a variety of pathologies with a high prevalence in our region which are susceptible of rehabilitation, such as cardiovascular diseases, and motor and cognitive disorders. Under these circumstances, new strategies are needed to help to promote, maintain, and rehabilitate the functional capacity. Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR) is a growing research area at the intersection of robotics, health science, psychology, social and cognitive science. Individuals in rehabilitation therapy could benefit of socially assistive technology. SAR can offer cost-effective methods for aiding recovery by maximizing the patient motivation both during and after structured rehabilitation.

This workshop will present some breakthroughs in the frame of the project "Human-Robot Interaction Strategies for Rehabilitation based on Socially Assistive Robotics" funded by the Industry-academia partnership - Colombia Program (Royal Academy of Engineering - UK) . This project has studied social robots as motivational tools for people undertaking therapy in three rehabilitation scenarios in Colombia.

This workshop is free of charge and limited to 30 participants (15 clinicians or health professionals/students and 15 engineers/students). This event includes coffee breaks, lunch, workshop materials and attendance certification. Please fill the registration form and complete the CV abstract until November 16th. The official acceptation to participate will be sent by email on November 17th.


Sala Multiple, A Building (3rd Floor) Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito


November 21st, 2017

(Register until 16/11)


9:00 am



9:00 - 9:15 am - Introduction

9:15 - 10:00 am - Introductory Talk on Socially Assistive Robotics

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Tony Belpaeme - Plymouth University

Rehabilitation Scenarios

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR)

10:00 - 10:30 am - Introductory Talk on CR

Speaker: Dr. Mónica Rincon - Cardioinfantil foundation

10:30 - 11:00 am - Human-Robot Interaction during Cardiac Rehabilitation Sessions

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Carlos Cifuentes & Eng. Jonathan Casas- ECIJG

11:00 - 11:30 am - Coffee break

2. Neuro Rehabilitation

11:30 - 12:00 am - Rehabilitation with Lokomat at Sabana Clinic

Speaker: Dr. Catalina Gomez - Sabana Clinic

12:00 - 12:30 m - Cognitive Aspects of Lokomat Therapy & HRI

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Marcela Munera & Eng. Nathalia Céspedes- ECIJG

12:30 - 1:00 pm - Rehabilitation Robotics at Mobility Group RC

Speakers: NeuroR. Betsy Jaramillo & Physio. Estefania Betancur - Mobility Group RC

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch Break

3. Cognitive Rehabilitation

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Cognitive Rehabilitation

Speaker: Psy. Jeison Velasquez - Howard Gardner Clinic

2:30 - 3:00 pm - Sensor Interfaces for Therapy with Children & HRI

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Anselmo Frizera - UFES University

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Coffee break

Social Robotic Platforms

Practical demos from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

1. Programming NAO (SoftBank Robotics, France) robot for HRI (Eng. Jonathan Casas - ECIJG)

2. Building and Programming ONO robot (OPSORO, Belgium) (Eng. Derian Espinosa & Eng. Andrés Aguirre -ECIJG)

3. Programming a pet robot (Botix, Colombia) (Eng. Stephanie Rodríguez)

With the support of



This event is aimed at professionals at students, engineers, and rehabilitation science and medical health professionals, who are interested in the application of social assistance robot during rehabilitation sessions as motivational tools that can increase feedback, adherence and engagement in rehabilitation sessions.


The objective of this theoretical-practical workshop is to collect the state of the art on the use of social robots in the rehabilitation environments. In addition, the current challenges and requirements for such robots to be implemented as a therapeutic tool or as a companion in the rehabilitation sessions will be studied. To conclude, it is intended to define the route map leading to the next steps that should be addressed by researchers and engineers to build robot partners to help people in rehabilitation processes.


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