[robotics-worldwide] Call for participation ECCE 2010 Workshop: Robots That Care

Joost Broekens joost.broekens at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 07:56:07 PST 2010

ECCE 2010 Workshop: Robots That Care
The European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010
24 August 2010 in Delft, The Netherlands.

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


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.


Takanori Shibata will give a keynote presentation on the Paro robot (


Interested people are invited to send in a short (1-2 page) statement
containing their motivation to participate, ideas on the workshop topic,
what they can contribute and/or would like to learn or ‘take home’ from the
workshop, and a short background about themselves.

Please note that the ECCE main conference allows workshop participants to
send in their workshop contribution as a 2-page poster contribution. These
contributions will be reviewed regularly, but need not contain new material
(see also the ECCE main website http://ecce2010.tudelft.nl/). This means
that workshop participants have the opportunity to submit a 2-page
contribution to the ACM proceedings of ECCE. This is nice for participants
of our workshop in particular as we do not have a formal proceedings as

    - May 15, 2010: Deadline submission proposal
    - June 1, 2010: Selection of submissions
    - August 24, 2010: Full-day workshop at ECCE 2010

Please send contributions to: ecce2010robots at gmail.com
Costs: between 50 and 100 Euro

See you in Delft,

The organizers:
-          Rosemarijn Looije, Jeroen Arendsen - TNO, The Netherlands
-          Jelle Saldien, Bram Vanderborght - Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
-          Joost Broekens, Mark Neerincx, TU Delft - The Netherlands

More info:
                Workshop: http://sites.google.com/site/robotsthatcare
                ECCE 2010: http://mmi.tudelft.nl/ecce2010/

dr. ir. Joost Broekens.
Man-Machine Interaction group, TU Delft, Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD Delft, The

Office 12.100, Electrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica Building
Phone +31 (0)15 - 2786333

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