[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] DEADLINE EXTENSION, IROS 2014 WS on Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities

Hae Won Park haewon.park at gatech.edu
Sun Jun 29 22:16:16 PDT 2014

* Due to many requests, the submission deadline has been extended to July 15, 2014 (23:59 PST).

We are inviting contributions for IROS 2014 Workshop on “Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities: HRI Issues and Beyond”. This is a full-day workshop and will be held on September 14, 2014 (http://www.haewonpark.com/IROS2014-ARHRI/)


July 15, 2014: Submission deadline
July 30, 2014: Notification of acceptance
Aug 15, 2014: Submission of final version
Sept 14, 2014: Workshop in Chicago, Illinois


The focus of this workshop is to bring clinicians and roboticists together to discuss some of the critical issues related to the design, development, and deployment of assistive robots for individuals with disabilities.

Recent studies show that assistive robots (ARs) have huge potential in serving individuals with various physical and cognitive disabilities in their everyday lives, treatments, and therapies. However, a recent European Commission survey reveals the public’s negative attitudes toward using robots for providing care for people with disabilities. Although the applications of ARs are much more diverse than what were stated in the survey, the acceptance of ARs to target population should be further investigated. ARs are application-oriented robots and their success largely depends on their utility while serving the target population. Since utility is closely aligned with the types of disabilities, there are a number of crucial issues related to the robot’s design, functionality, and human-robot-interaction algorithms that should be addressed:

-- Are we placing close enough attention to target users’ needs?
-- How are we addressing individual differences?
-- Are there social-cognition factors inherent to certain disabilities that affect perceiving ARs?
-- What have we observed and learned in terms of user acceptance while conducting studies with ARs?

This workshop aims at discussing the issues that arise as we move forward to making ARs more acceptable, irrespective of the type of ARs and the form of assistance they offer. Further information is available in the workshop website: http://www.haewonpark.com/IROS2014-ARHRI/


Takanori Shibata, Human Technology Research Institute, AIST
James Patton, Center for Rehab Robotics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Ayanna Howard, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Holly Yanco, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Brian Scassellati, Computer Science, Yale University
Elaine Short (Maja Mataric), Computer Science, University of Southern California
Wendy Rogers, Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
John-John Cabibihan, Mechanical Engineering, Qatar University         
Andrew Fagg, Computer Science, University of Oklahoma
Michelle Johnson, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Ayse Saygin, Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego


Expected areas of contribution include, but are not limited to,

-- HRI issues in assisting people with disabilities
-- User acceptance of assistive robots
-- Social cognition towards assistive robots
-- Adaptation and learning in assistive robotics
-- User-centered design (UCD) models and approaches in assistive robotics
-- Methods of identifying end-users’ special needs and ways of data sharing among researchers targeting similar populations


Contributions should be prepared in standard IROS format and may not exceed four pages. Please send submissions in PDF to mbegum at cs.uml.edu. Please use “IROS 2014 Workshop_First Author’s Name” as subject line of the e-mail and the name of the submission.

All accepted contributions will be considered either for a short oral presentation or a poster presentation. After the workshop, the contributions will be compiled into a booklet along with invited speakers’ presentations and discussion summaries, which will be published electronically at the workshop website.


Hae Won Park, Georgia Institute of Technology
haewon.park at gatech.edu

Momotaz Begum, University of Massachusetts Lowell
mbegum at cs.uml.edu

Chung Hyuk Park, New York Institute of Technology
chung.park at nyit.edu

Best Regards,

Hae Won Park

Hae Won Park, PhD
Human-Automation Systems Lab
Georgia Institute of Technology

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