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Bridging user needs to deployed applications of service robots

2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
September 28 – October 03, 2015, Hamburg, Germany

IROS 2015 ConferenceWorkshop on "Bridging user needs to deployed applications of service robots"
Organisers: F.Bonsignorio, F.Cavallo, P. Dario


Important Dates
Submission deadline: 20th July 2015 (extended 14th August 2015)
Notification of acceptance: 14th August 2015 (extended 20th August 2015)
Camera-ready deadline: 28th August 2015 (extended 4th September 2015)
Workshop: 28 September 2015 - full day

Future service robotics will be machines that will primarily help and assist persons of all ages in daily activities at home, in their workplace and in other environments. They will be able to perform a multitude of roles thanks to their capabilities to act and interact physically, emotionally, socially and safely with humans, providing for an easier and healthier life. Despite the progress of research in the field of service robotics, there are various issues that should be addressed and solved for a wide deployment in the real daily life world and for the creation of a real market. Fundamental aspects as reliability, availability, adaptability, safety, security and maintainability (these attributes are the basis of the dependability paradigm) should be addresses and appropriately evaluated in a unique situation in order to demonstrate a consolidated technical feasibility. In addition to the technical evaluation, issues like acceptability and usability of technologies and the economic, ethical, legal and social implications, as well as standardization aspects should be strongly taken into account.
The aim of this workshop is to provide a structured approach from user needs to the deployment of intelligent robot and system solutions to improve the quality of life of elders, impaired persons and everybody else by augmenting mobility, manipulation and cognitive capabilities of the users.
If you are a researcher interested to turn your research results into a solution to a real need of the real life of real people, or if you are an entrepreneur willing to improve the quality of life of the greater possible number of people by making easier any activity of daily life of ordinary people, you will need a coherent set of methodologies, software, hardware and physical validation infrastructures.
In this workshop we will propose a bridging approach with reference to real use-cases of service robots in a town setting. Generalizing the experience gained in a number of FP7, AAL-JP and H2020 projects, each step of the process will be discussed by leading experts with reference to cutting edge real world experiences where service robot platforms have been tested with more than 100 real users, in different locations.


Time Talk Speaker
 09:00 - 09:15  Welcome, Presentation Upload  Filippo Cavallo, Raffaele Limosani
 09:15 - 09:40  Introduction to the workshop  Paolo Dario
 Business and market aspects
 09:40 - 10:05  Economic and business dimensions of service robotics (INVITED SPEAKER)  Giuseppe Turchetti
 10:05 - 10:30  How to increase the Acceptance of Assistive Robotics for Elderly through Marketing strategies (INVITED SPEAKER)

 Susann Klemcke

 10:30 - 11:00  Coffee Break  
 Technological requirements and Scientific challenges
 11:00 - 11:25  ANG-MED, a non intrusive, low-cost and smart rollator for mobility assistance and activity monitoring  Jean-Pierre Merlet
 11:25 - 11:50  Social Robot Learning from Demonstration to Facilitate a Group Activity for Older Adults  Geoffrey Louie
 11:50 - 12:15  Primary School Teacher -Robot Collaboration with Multiple Information Sources  Haruya Suga
 12:15 - 12:40  Therapy Enrichment via Robot Assistance for Personalized and Intelligent Support in the Treatment of Autism  Alessandro Di Nuovo
 12:40 - 14:00  Lunch  
 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues
 14:00 - 14:25  Evaluating the ethical sustainability of care robots  Alberto Pirni
 14:25 - 14:50  Robot Companions: a Legal and Ethical Analysis  Andrea Bertolini
 14:50 - 15:15  The role of Assistive Robots in Active Ageing  Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira
 Benchmarks and metrics
 15:15 - 15:40  Towards Reproducible Robotics Research? (INVITED SPEAKER)  Fabio Bonsignorio
 15:40 - 16:00  Coffee Break  
   Stakeholders' needs and experimental experiences  
 16:00 - 16:25  Exploiting Ability for Human Adaptation to Facilitate Improved Human-Robot Interaction  Praminda Caleb-Solly
 16:25 - 16:50  What do staff in eldercare want a robot for? An assessment of potential tasks and user requirements for a long-term deployment  Denise Hebesberger
 16:50 - 17:15  Lessons learnt from the Robot-Era experimental activities  Roberta Bevilacqua
 17:15 - 18:00  Discussions, Wrap up, Conclusions  

MoWS-12: Bridging user needs to deployed applications of service robots
September 28, 2015, h9 – 18
Room SAAL 8

We invite researchers to submit either a 4-6 page paper OR a 2 page extended abstract that relates to the workshop theme. Video submissions will also be considered.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Socially assistive robotics
  • Robot companions
  • Abilities and capabilities (assistive manipulation, socially-aware robot navigation, multi-modal interaction, human-robot-environment cooperation, context awareness, modeling of human behaviour and perception)
  • Stakeholders’ Needs and expectations
  • Dependability and Acceptability
  • Design thinking methods
  • Technical specifications and analysis
  • ELS aspects (e.g. How to avoid vandalism of robots in public spaces?)
  • Economic implications
  • Standardization and Benchmarking
  • Examples of experimentation

Authors will be allotted a short time slot to present their work during the workshop. Accepted papers will also be considered for inclusion in a proposed special issue based on the workshop theme.

Submission system
For submissions send an email with the contribution to Filippo Cavallo (

Further information
Please direct queries to:
Filippo Cavallo
The BioRobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Organisers (Alphabetical)
Fabio Bonsignorio (The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
Filippo Cavallo (The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
Paolo Dario (The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)

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