Draft Programme Session: Care and Assistive Robots (STS12/STS40) – 4x sessions

December 20, 2016

Session Type: Lecture (sequence of presentation with questions and answers)

Care and Assistive Robots – What is already there, what is coming and what is needed for successful use in practice?

4x sessions.

Worldwide, much effort is spent on the development of robot systems for healthcare applications, and the first products are being used in practice. Much more is expected to come in the next few years. The growing numbers of people who need (long term) care and support and the need for cost containment in healthcare are important drivers for this development. But also without these drivers the development of robots for care would take place because robots can take over routine tasks of humans or can perform certain tasks better and more efficient that humans. The aim of the proposed series of four sessions is to present and discuss the state of the art in the field of care and assistive robots. The first session is about what robot systems are already available and what new systems are expected to become available in the next few years. The second session is about evaluation research in this field: what doe we know about the effects and impact of robots in care settings? In the third session the focus is on real life application of robots in care: what is being used in care practice and what are the experiences? Finally, in the fourth session the focus will be on standardization issues. These are becoming increasingly important because of the growing numbers of robots that are entering the market.

Titles currently include (4x sessions):

Session 1: New robot developments; what is there and what is coming?

  • An overview of care and assistive robot developments in Japan.  National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Typical development details-1 in Robotic Devices for Nursing Care Project in Japan
  • Typical development details-2 in Robotic Devices for Nursing Care Project in Japan
  • Robots for elderly care in Europe. Sandra Bedaf, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Social robots; the next generation. Tony Prescott, Sheffield Robotics, UK
  • Time for open submissions.

Contact person:  Isamu Kajitani, isamu.kajitani@aist.go.jp, Tsukuba, Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial, Science and Technology (AIST)


Session 2: Evaluation research; effects and impact of care robots

  • The Kaspar robot as therapeutic tool in children with autism. Claire Huijnen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • The effects of the PARO robot seal on routine care activities in psychogeriatric care. Roger Bemelmans, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Evaluation of dynamic arm supports in real life environments. Loek van der Heide, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.
  • A robotic solution for assisting people with mild cognitive impairment at home: preliminary tests of the ENRICHME system, Claudia Salatino, Fondazione Gnocchi, Milano Italy
  • Time for open submissions.


Session 3: Real life use of robots in care; practical experiences

  •  Time for open submissions.


Session 4: Standardization

  • Standardization of care and assistive Robots, Yoji Yamada, Nagoya University of Japan
  • Standardization of assistive products with robotic technologies, from ISO TC173 (Assistive Products for persons with disability)
  • Standardization for personal care robot safety – Present and future, from ISO TC299 (Robotics) 
  • Safety evaluation of robotics-1, Japan Automobile Research Institute
  • Safety evaluation of robotics-2, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Japan
  • Time for open submissions.

Contact person: Kunio Kurachi, kurachi@jaspa.gr.jp; Tokyo, Japan, Japan Assistive Products Association (JASPA)


Contact: Takenobu Inoue, Tokorozawa, Japan, Tokorozawa, Japan, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
Email: inoue-takenobu@rehab.go.jp; gtinoue@ad.cyberhome.ne.jp

Contact: Luc de Witte, Sheffield, UK, University of Sheffield
Email: l.p.dewitte@sheffield.ac.uk

Contact: Yoji Yamada, Furo-cho, Chikusaku, Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya University
Email: yamada-yoji@mech.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Contact: Hirohisa Hirukawa, Tsukuba, Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial, Science and Technology (AIST)
Email: hiro.hirukawa@aist.go.jp

Contact: Renzo Andrich, Milano, Italy, SIVA
Email: renzo.andrich@siva.it

Contact: Claire Huijnen, Heerlen, Netherlands, Zuyd University of applied sciences
Email: claire.huijnen@zuyd.nl

Contact: Tony Prescott, Sheffield, UK, University of Sheffield
Email: t.j.prescott@sheffield.ac.uk

tuos zuyd

logo english2





Feel free to use the image below to help promote the Special Thematic Session within your network.


The AAATE Conference will take place from Sept 13-14 2017 in Sheffield as part of the AAATE Congress.


The greatest #assistive #technology fails, if we do not find meaningful ways of delivering it timely and appropriat… https://t.co/TZDoAZcZYO


The @InLife2020 project was selected as on the Top 25 influential ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing projects - AAAT… https://t.co/9lMIdBTywk


What can we learn from #education and #employment in terms of successfully delivering #assistive #technology? Join… https://t.co/uUbECvp33P