SORR 2018

June 12th 2018, Bogota, Colombia, Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito


It is well acknowledged that the success of rehabilitative therapy is related to the amount of exercise or practice the patient carries out. Rehabilitation therefore typically relies on the patient completing significant amounts of self-directed exercises in-between therapy sessions. However, low engagement and low adherence with those treatments are a known issue. 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.

Around 17.5 million people die each year from Cardiovascular diseases (CVD). This number represents approximately 31% of all deaths worldwide. People that are not sufficiently active are facing obesity and overweight, which are associated with chronic diseases like type II diabetes, and have a lower health-related quality of live. Moreover, exercise training is strongly recommended for prevention and treatment of pathologies with high prevalence such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Hence, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is commonly used to prevent CVDs or to treat a patient post a CVD event to enhance the quality of life of the patients. The CR treatment can be considered as a tool to enhance the quality of life of patients who have suffered a CVD and as a prevention tool. CR is related to physical activities or exercises for improving physical and mental levels aiming to recover an optimal daily living.

This seminar will offer a forum for researchers from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. physiotherapist, psychologist, philosophist, computer scientist, patients, medical staff, clinical researchers, industry) to discuss the potentials and limitations of using social robots in rehabilitation scenarios. Looking across disciplinary boundaries we hope to establish a common understanding of the needs of potential target groups. We invite participants to share their experiences on the requirements and challenges implementing and deploying robot coaches in rehabilitation scenarios that could motivate people to adhere.

This seminar is organized within the project “Evaluation of the impact of the intervention of a social robot on the cardiovascular responses of patients in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program of the Fundación Cardioinfantil-Instituto de Cardiología” SORCAR funded by Colciencias grant 813-2017.


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We seek contribution concerning the following topics:

  • Applications of social robots used for promoting physical activity or rehabilitation
  • Activity recognition systems for physical activity or coaching applications
  • Role of embodiment of execising partner/instructor
  • System architectures for (robotic) coaching systems
  • AI methods for exercising and coaching companions
  • Psychological aspects of working out with robot companions
  • Studies with focus groups (i.e. elderly, children, adolescents, people with physical/cognitive impairments or cardiovascular diseases)
  • Ethical consideration of implementing assistive/persuasive robot companions
  • Clinical view on deploying robotic sport companions
  • Hardware designs and design requirements for personal coaching robots


Papers can be submitted via the following submition site. Please submit your paper in PDF format by the 12th of May 2018.


The paper format conforms to:

  • The allowed length is between 2 and 3 pages (including the references) depending on the contribution of the work (position papers, previous/ongoing work or novel work). Submitted papers should conform to the IEEE publication format. The results described in the submission must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. For templates and examples follow this link: Template. The papers must be written in English.

A special issue with selected papers from SORR2018 will be publish on the Journal Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581,

Final documents for accepted paper:


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Registration of participants

Introduction from the organizers

Short presentations

Coffee Break

Glenda Hannibal: The roll of personal robots in rehabilitation scenarios

Discussion Topic I

Antonio Cuesta-Vargas: Evidences and Implications of the use physical training for rehabilitation

Discussion Topic 2

Lunch Break

Thomas Provot: Wearable Sensors for monitoring physical training

Discussion Topic 3

Plenary Discussion

Wrap up and Farewell


  • Carlos A. Cifuentes PhD (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Marcela Múnera PhD (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Dr. Mónica Rincón (Fundación Cardioinfantil-Instituto de Cardiología)
  • Daya Serrano (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Jonathan Casas (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Nathalia Céspedes (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Luis Felipe Aycardi (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)



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