[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: 2015 RSS Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics (RARE)

Padir, Taskin tpadir at WPI.EDU
Tue Apr 21 05:37:52 PDT 2015

2015 RSS Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics (RARE)

Workshop URL: http://robot.wpi.edu/rare/

Description of the Workshop:
The 2015 RSS Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics (RARE) will explore the feasibility of utilizing robots for preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. It is motivated by the fact that the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and there is a pressing need to understand how to improve clinical care, logistical support, and situation awareness. This workshop is novel in that it brings three noted experts, two directly involved in the care of Ebola patients,  together with roboticists to understand what is needed and create a realistic roadmap that encourages high quality fundamental research by the robotics community that will also produce technologies suitable for short- and medium-term adoption. The overarching goal of the RARE Workshop is to help foster the formation of this community and create a robotics research and development roadmap suitable to guide agencies and researchers. In order to create the roadmap, the workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of participants of engineers, scientists, technologists, medical experts, and humanitarian aid workers to present relevant research, brainstorm holistic solutions to infectious disease control, and identify challenges and opportunities.

Invited Speakers in Health Care:
Armand Sprecher, MD, MPH, Doctors Without Borders
Emerson Tan, Sierra Leone Country Coordinator for NetHope
Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (co-organizer)

The topics of interest include but not limited to three general areas:
  1. Clinical applications of robots in a field emergency treatment unit, ambulance, or hospital.
      a) Telepresence for consulting between medical experts, supervision of healthworker practices, extracting family history
      b) Robot-enabled doffing of personal protective equipment
      c) Non-invasive activities such as changing IV bags
      d) Direct contact or invasive activities such as robot-enabled IV insertion or helping patients in and out of bed
      e) Cyber-physical systems in treatment units
  2. Logistical capabilities to support activities within the treatment area as well as outside and outdoors
      a) Materials handling
      b) Decontamination
      c) Delivery and resupply
  3. Reconnaissance capabilities
      a) Use of UAVs to detect signs of outbreak
      b) Use of UAVs for monitoring population movement, activity around treatment centers or hospitals

Call for Posters:
We invite 2-page extended abstracts describing robotics science, engineering and technology relevant to workshop goals. Authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to present their work during the poster session. It is envisioned that selected poster presentations will contribute to the creation of a robotics research roadmap in response to epidemics.  Please send your contributions using the RSS paper template to 2015.rss.rare at gmail.com<mailto:2015.rss.rare at gmail.com>.

Important Dates:
May 10, 2015: Deadline for extended abstracts
May 13, 2015: Notification of acceptance
May 15, 2015: RSS Early-Bird Registration
July 17, 2015: RARE’15 @ RSS

Robin Murphy, PhD, Texas A&M University
Taskin Padir, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP Infinitum Humanitarian Systems

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