[robotics-worldwide] [community] [euRobotics-community] [meetings] PREC2019 - 2nd Workshop on Personal Robots for Exercising and Coaching

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Thu Feb 28 07:04:23 PST 2019

PREC2019 - 2nd Workshop on Personal Robots for Exercising and Coaching

In conjunction with the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on
Human-Robot Interaction at EXCO, Daegu, Korea from March 11 - 14, 2019.


You are kindly invited to actively participate to the HRI 2019 - 2nd
Workshop on Personal Robots for Exercising and Coaching, which will be held
in Daegu, Korea 11th March 2019. 

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I. Aim and Scope

The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommends exercise training
for the prevention and treatment of pathologies with high prevalence such as
cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes, which makes insufficient
physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide.
However, adequate physical activity is not only essential to remain quality
of life for older adults or people suffering from a CVD, but it also
important for people with particular disabilities such as Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD). Most of the current researches in the HRI community are
focusing on empathy, communication, emotion but few works focus on
exercise-based therapy. Thus, it is important to target this issue from a
multi-perspective and  interdisciplinary point of view.

This full-day workshop will offer a forum for researchers from a variety of
backgrounds (i.e., physiotherapist, psychologist, computer scientist,
clinical researchers, industry) to discuss the potentials and limitations of
using social robots as a tool for rehabilitation, to promote physical
activity, and coach people to be more active. By taking interdisciplinary
views into account, we hope to provide an educational forum for
representatives of each discipline to establish a common understanding of
design methodologies to match the needs of potential target groups.  We
invite participants to share their experiences on the requirements and
challenges of using design methodologies (e.g., participatory design) to
build and implement robotic coaching tools for target user that could be
deployed to motivate people to start and adhere to a physical activity

II. Target Audience

The interesting results and discussions developed in the first version of
this workshop motive the authors to develop this new proposal. In this
workshop, we want to discuss how different technologies (exergames, virtual
agents, and robots) can be used to influence people's motivation to start
and adhere to an exercise regime or to increase their physical activity
level. Primarily, we want to discuss the requirements of robots for target
groups (e.g., people with ASD or CVD) and concentrate on design
methodologies for such user groups. Therefore, we target an
interdisciplinary dialogue between physiotherapists, psychologists, computer
scientists, roboticists and clinicians to discuss how personal robots might
be useful for promoting physical activity and in rehabilitation with a focus
on target user groups.

III. Keynote Speakers

- Shelly Levy-Tzedek, Ben Gurion University
- Elisabeth Broadbent, University of Auckland
- Laurel Riek, UC San Diego

IV. Program
Workshop Schedule

09:00 Introduction, Overview of the Schedule

09:10 Invited Speaker I .  “Robotics Technology for Healthcare: A Public
Health Perspective”, Prof. Dr. Laurel Riek, University of California, San

09:50 Contributed Paper I, "Working (Out) With Robots: The Importance Of
Robot's Companionship in Conjunctive Activities", Dr. Sebastian Schneider,
Bielefeld University.

10:10 Discussion
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Invited Speaker II.  "Timing and Priming in Social Robots for
Exercise", Prof. Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

11:40 Contributed Paper II , " Towards the Development of a Compliant Soft
Robotic Platform for Autistic Spectrum Disorder Therapies ", Prof. Dr.
Carlos A. Cifuentes, Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito

12:00 Discussion
12:20 Lunch Break

14:00 Invited Speaker III.  “Using robots to increase exercise in older
adults” Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent, The University of Auckland

14:40 Contributed Paper III, " Expectation vs Reality: Attitudes Towards a
Socially Assistive Robot in Cardiac Rehabilitation", Prof. Dr. Marcela
Múnera, Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito

15:00 Discussion
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Panel Discussion
16:30 End

Vi. Organisers
Sebastian Schneider - Bielefeld University
Carlos Andrés Cifuentes García - ECIJG-Colombia
Marcela Cristina Munera Ramírez - ECIJG-Colombia
Arzu Güneysu Özgür - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Sascha Griffiths - University of Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Carlos A. Cifuentes G.
carlos.cifuentes at escuelaing.edu.co
Head of Center for Biomechatronics
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito
Autopista Norte AK 45 No. 205-59, Bogota, Colombia
carlos.cifuentes at escuelaing.edu.co
Visiting Professor
EPF Graduate School of Engineering, France 

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