[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2007 WS on Assistive Technologies: Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

Adriana Tapus tapus at usc.edu
Sun Jul 8 08:16:38 PDT 2007


Workshop on 

Assistive Technologies: Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

to be held in conjunction with IROS 2007
29 October - 2 November, 2007
San Diego CA, USA


Workshop Description:

Assistive robotics encompasses a growing and increasing community that merges researchers and industry with the objective of creating applications and solutions to ameliorate the quality of life of human beings. This challenging research area involves a tight operation among robotics, health science, psychology, social and cognitive sciences. Assistive robotics has the potential to enhance the quality of life for large populations of users. In response to the rapidly growing elderly population, a great deal of research attention has been dedicated towards the study and development of robot companions aimed at reducing stress and depression. In addition, individuals with physical impairments and those in rehabilitation therapy are also potential beneficiaries of assistive technology, not only for improved mobility but also for improved outcomes in recovery. Finally, individuals with cognitive disabilities and developmental and social disorders (e.g., autism) constitute anothe
r growing population that could benefit from assistive robotics in the context of special education, therapy, and training. Besides being an interdisciplinary research area, assistive robotics field raises also ethical issues concerning the interaction with vulnerable individuals. Current advances in the theoretical and practical knowledge in robotics are reaching and boosting the application in this interesting domain which is becoming really active in the last years.


The main areas of interest include but are not limited to: 

- Therapy robotics
- Robotic mobility aids
- Rehabilitation and Human-robot interaction for assistance
- Social and physical embeddedness
- Encouraging compliance, goal sharing, and transfer
- Ethical issues


Prospective participants should submit an extended abstract (up to three pages) describing recent work. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work as a poster. All submissions are due in PDF format to Adriana Tapus at adriana.tapus(at)ieee.org. Submissions will be judged on technical merit and on potential to provoke active discussions. 

Important Dates:

- 1 August 2007 -- Abstract Submission
- 15 August 2007 -- Notification of acceptance
- 29 October - 2 November 2007 -- IROS 2007 Conference


- Dr. Adriana Tapus, Interaction Lab, University of Southern California, USA
- Dr. Javier Minguez, University of Zaragoza, Spain
- Prof. Maja Mataric, Interaction Lab, University of Southern California, USA

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