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

Padir, Taskin tpadir at WPI.EDU
Sat Jun 27 04:57:05 PDT 2015

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

Call for Participation:
We invite you to participate in the 2015  RSS Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics (RARE’15). The workshop is organized around breakout sessions and report outs as outlined in the program to provoke discussion and provide a platform for participants to share ideas openly. We envision that 2015 Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics will foster the development of ideas which will become a roadmap for robotics research and development in this previously unexplored application field.

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

Description of the Workshop:
The 2015 RSS Workshop on Robotics for Advanced Response to Epidemics 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 include but not limited to three general areas:
	• Clinical applications of robots in a field emergency treatment unit, ambulance, or hospital 
		• Telepresence for consulting between medical experts, supervision of healthworker practices, extracting family history
		• Robot-enabled doffing of personal protective equipment
		• Non-invasive activities such as changing IV bags
		• Direct contact or invasive activities such as robot-enabled IV insertion or helping patients in and out of bed
		• Cyber-physical systems in treatment units
	• Logistical capabilities to support activities within the treatment area as well as outside and outdoors
		• Materials handling
		• Decontamination
		• Delivery and resupply
	• Reconnaissance capabilities 
		• Use of UAVs to detect signs of outbreak
		• Use of UAVs for monitoring population movement, activity around treatment centers or hospitals

8:00 Posters set up
8:30 Welcome and Introductions, 
8:45 Report out from the Nov. 7, 2014, Robotics for Ebola Response Workshops
9:00 Invited speakers from the health community
10:30 Break
11:00 Breakout session 1: break into 6 groups to identify key technologies for each application area (2 groups per area to increase diversity of thought): Clinical, Logistical, Reconnaissance
12:00 Reports from Breakout Groups
12:30 Working lunch and poster session
During lunch the workshop committee and workshop student fellows will create an online survey based on the reports to determine:
• Given current funding, when will the key technologies available
• Which key technologies are the biggest barrier to successful applications
• What is the maturity of each of the key technologies
• What country is leading in the development of each of the key technologies
2:00 Participants take online survey
2:30 Report out from NSF RAPID: Extraction of Robot Use Cases for the Ebola Epidemic
2:45 Breakout session 2: break into 6 different groups to create scenarios for each application area that could be accomplished in 1.5-3 years, 10 years, and 20 years with appropriate advances
3:45 Reports from Breakout Groups with feedback from panel of invited speakers
4:00 Break
4:30 Visioneering and merging of scenarios
5:15 Final word session: each participant gets 1 minute to say what the community should do next
6:00 End

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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