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E-Inclusion Companion-Robots (EI-CR) Networking Session Focus: Companion Robotics for e-Inclusion & Ambient Assisted Living

T 008, 27/09/2010 (14:00-15:30)

The CompanionAble project is studying integrated cognitive assistive and domotic companion robotic systems for ability and security.

This session is organised by the CompanionAble consortium which includes experts such as gerontologists, behavioural psychologists, ethical and social policy experts, care-giving professionals, ICT researchers and companion-robotics manufacturers. In total, 17 related projects will be represented by a panel of 20 specialists from 16 organisations. Together with some 16 invited international experts, they cover the entire spectrum of expertise related to the fields of e-Inclusion and ambient assisted living. They will focus on e-Inclusion companion-robotics under the user-led theme of co-design, integration and exploitation of socially acceptable companion robots. The resulting White Paper and, possibly, a video will be put online.

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Coordinator: Atta BADII (University of Reading, Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research, United Kingdom)

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Ad VAN BERLO, 12/07/2010 17:04

This workshop will be a most interesting one to attend: a wide range of ongoing research projects will be presented and will clearly show the progress we are making in Europe at present time. Of particular importance will be the integration with smart home technology, but also user feedback and co-design are of great value in this highly interesting area. Of course, all this work would be of little value if we not continuously pay attention to the possible exploitation and impact of companion robots. So, definitely reserve this session in your agenda and join us!


Horst-Michael GROSS, 18/07/2010 18:50

As roboticist dealing with the development of new technologies for highly interactive and socially acceptable mobile companion robots and their application in public and home environments, this workshop will be a unique opportunity to get a direct feedback from a (hopefully) broad spectrum of interested participants and potential stakeholders of such robot systems (end users, care service providers, etc.). While robotics conferences and workshops are typically focussing on newest technologies and the “technologically doable”, from this workshop I expect to get a good overview of “What robot and HRI functionalities are really required and accepted by the end users” of such technologies. We are very interested in your opinion, so attend this workshop and discuss with us.


Philippe HOPPENOT, 19/07/2010 12:16

Companion robot is one very promising research direction. In this field, most of the research teams work on the autonomy of the robot. This is a very challenging question, which is not totally solved. On the way to reach it, remote control of the robot is an interesting alternative. It deals with all the issues of Human Robot Interaction such as perception by the remote operator of the robot environment and actions (situation awareness) and transmission delays between the two distant sites. In the scope of cognitive assistive and domotic companion robotic systems for ability and security, the remote operator can be the care service provider or relatives of the persons.

Another interest of remote control is to progressively familiarize all the persons in interaction with a robot (end users, caregivers, professionals), considering that in teleoperation situation the behaviour of the robot can be more easily adapted to the situation, principally in terms of security feeling by the end user.


Kostas KARPOUZIS, 20/07/2010 13:37

Companion robotics is a very interesting research theme, but also a mature technology, quite close to market status. Research-wise, given the abundance of video and audio sensors on most robots and their advanced processing capabilities, tomorrow's robots should be able to sense, process to user affect and individual needs.


Ana MASEDA, 21/07/2010 12:01

Companion robots are a very promising and helpful technology for Ambient Assisted Living, for elderly people with or without functional or cognitive disability. They provide a supportive tool for a independent living. Therefore, this symposium will give us the opportunity to have knowledge and share experiences among different researchers in the area


Alex SORIN, 09/09/2010 16:38

This session indeed looks interesting. I'm especially interested in applications that involve speech technologies. The use of speech technologies in Companion Robots applications is manyfold. Some examples that come to my mind: direct spoken human-robot interaction (ASR, TTS, dialog); the robot is "listening" to conversations around with the goal of improving sensing of the environment (ASR); Robot identifies who is the person in front of it using speaker identification technology. I'll be happy to discuss with everyone who finds these ideas interesting and wants to share his/her ideas.


Rich WALKER, 15/09/2010 16:44

Will you be looking at the roadmap from "companion" robots through to truly active assistive robots that can perform the tasks a human carer might other wise be required to perform?


Ioannis PITAS, 23/09/2010 17:33

Companion robot affective capabilities are restricted by the fact that current affective technologies are not robust to recording conditions and cannot deal efficiently neither with spontaneous user behavior, nor with context. E.g. many facial expression algorithms fail when facial images are not frontal, when the person speaks and expresses himself/herself, when a (not learned) spontaneous expression is formed or when context or other modalities (e.g. body posture) have to be taken in to account. We are very interested in research cooperations on these topics.


David GRIFFITHS, 26/09/2010 19:13

I am very interested to attend this session. Very interested in low-impact assisted living projects having built a full commercial/retail low-cost home automation system which has a built-in but unexploited high-accessibility interface


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