[robotics-worldwide] Workshop on Robotics and Automation in Assistive Living Systems (PETRA'09)
bowling at uta.edu
Wed Feb 11 21:52:28 PST 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline March 9th 2009!
Workshop on "Robotics and Automation in Assistive Living Systems"
The 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive environments http://www.petrae.org/ June 9-13, 2009 Corfu, Greece
The quality of life of an elderly person can be improved by allowing them to continue living as independently as possible in their own home or apartment. However, some people require assistance in order to maintain some level of autonomy. Assistive living systems are being developed for this purpose and they may consist of a monitoring system, composed of sensors embedded in the environment and computers with programmed logic for identifying events, and a response system, which can include robots to affect or alter the environment. A synergy can be realized as the system, staff, and patient work together to improve the patient's quality of life. This can be achieved to a greater extent if robots are included in the assistive living system. The system's operations involve the use of robot(s) and automation to alter or collect information from the environment when the humans are unable to help themselves or unaware that they need assistance, as in emergencies. However, even mundane situations are considered where robotics and automation can be used to simply make the human more comfortable in their environment. These scenarios can be addressed quickly by robot(s) and/or automation stationed within the home, as opposed to having the system call someone for help.
The key aspect of this workshop is that the robot(s) and/or automation physically interact with the environment in order to alter it or collect information from it; the robots/automation act as the assistive living system's effectors for manipulating the environment. Within this context, submissions are invited which address any aspect of robotics in assistive environments including:
Portable and light weight robots
Robots as sensors
Mobile robotic guides and RFID
Robot assistant for the visually impaired
Agile pet robots
Robot-assisted emergency response
Socially assistive robots
Socially intelligent robots
Physically and psychologically supportive robots
Robot feeding aids
User-centered robot design
Robot-assisted nurse training
Climbing and walking robots in assistive environments
Robot team interaction related to assistive environments
Submission of papers: Monday March 9, 2009.
Feedback to authors: Monday April 6, 2009.
*Guidelines for submission*
Workshop candidates should send a short (4 pages) or long paper (6 pages) in .pdf format and submit it using the conference submission system.
* Alan Bowling, Robotics and Dynamic Systems Laboratory - The University of Texas at Arlington
* Panayiotis Shiakolas, Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems Laboratory - The University of Texas at Arlington
* Manfred Huber, AI and Robotics Laboratory - The University of Texas at Arlington
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