[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Ro-Man 2014 Workshop on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for the Elderly [meetings]

Frank Broz frnkbroz at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 11:53:04 PDT 2014

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Workshop on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for the Elderly

Dedicated to the memory of Prof. Silvia Coradeschi

Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25, 2014
Workshop page: http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/SoCCE/CRNS/staff/adinuovo/NFSRE/

In conjunction with IEEE RO-MAN '14 - The 23rd IEEE International Symposium
on Robot and Human Interactive Communication,

Submission of workshop abstracts: 02/05/2014
Notification of acceptance for workshop abstracts 28/05/2014
Submission of camera-ready workshop abstracts 10/06/2014
Workshop: 25/08/2014

This workshop has the purpose of bringing together researchers from
different scientific communities either interested in or actively working
on the application of robotics to provide services specifically designed
for the elderly
in order to enhance their everyday life. We believe a multidisciplinary
environment is ideal for fostering and promoting this research area because
of its fundamentally interdisciplinary nature. To effectively provide
useful robotic services for elderly users
requires an intimate collaboration between psychologists, sociologists,
computer scientists, and robotics researchers.

All researchers interested in contributing to the discussion are invited to
submit an abstract of their work, prepared using the IEEE format. Abstracts
may be short (up to 2 pages) or long (up to 4 pages). Please direct
to the following address roman2014.workshop.elderly at gmail.com.
IEEE proceedings format kits and instructions can be found at:

Printed and online proceedings with abstracts of the workshop will be
published with an ISBN. As follow up to the workshop, a journal special
issue on the topic will be organised welcoming all the speakers’

Paolo Dario, coordinator of the ROBOT-ERA project, “Implementation and
integration of advanced Robotic systems and Intelligent Environments in
real scenarios for the ageing population”
Farshid Amirabdollahian, coordinator of ACCOMPANY project,
“Multidimensional aspects of design, development and evaluation in
Accompany - Acceptable Robotics Companions for the Ageing Years- project”
Amy Loutfi, coordinator of GIRAFFEPLUS project, “Combining social
interaction and long term monitoring for promoting independent living”.

The rising need for services for ageing well is pushing the growth of the
service robotics market to new frontiers, requiring new research progress
and increasing industrial and social interest and commitment. The domain of
robotics for supporting independent living, addressed by home robots with a
high degree of adaptability and autonomy in decision-making, has
requirements which clearly go significantly beyond those of industrial
The ambition of this emerging domain is to provide robotic services with a
high level of performance and acceptability. The complexity of the required
services necessitates sophisticated and novel approaches to in order to
them. These approaches may include multi-robot cooperation or the support
of an Ambient Intelligence (AmI) infrastructure. The robotic systems
developed face challenging real-world environments and may need to operate
in both domestic and urban contexts. These
systems also face unique challenges in usability and human-robot
interaction. Interfaces must be designed to facilitate the operation of
robots by the elderly, provide effective tools to supervise services and
ensure safe operation, and connect users (elderly
people and caregivers), service providers (social services, medical
centres, municipalities, shops, pharmacies, etc.) and robots (indoor and

Topics of interest include:
Mobility aids for locomotion or navigation
Automated or assistive manipulation systems
Robot companions
Social interaction
Cultural differences in user needs/expectations
Tele-operated robots
Multi-modal human-machine interfaces
Human behavioural modelling,
Activity monitoring systems/activity recognition
Multi-modal perception
Novel sensors
Smart environments

Alessandro Di Nuovo, Plymouth University, UK & Kore University, Italy
Frank Broz, Plymouth University, UK
Filippo Cavallo, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Italy
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Italy

Any inquiries should be sent to: alessandro.dinuovo at plymouth.ac.uk

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