Much effort is spent on the development of robots for healthcare applications, and the first products are being used in practice. Much more is expected in the next few years. In this background, the three sessions of Robotics are incorporated as the theme of “Care and Assistive Robots-What is already there, what is coming and what is needed for successful use in practice”. The aim of three sessions is to present and discuss the state of the art in the field of care and assistive robots including the research/developments of products and its standardization activities for supporting a dissemination of robotic devices. The organizers and the theme of each session is described below.
Takenobu Inoue (National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities of Japan)
Luc de Witte (University of Sheffield, UK)
Yoji Yamanda (Nagoya University, Japan)
Hirohisa Hirukawa (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
Renzo Andrich (SIVA, Italy)
Claire Huijinen (Zuyd University, Netherlands)
Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield, UK)