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6th CRI Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Monday, 05 September 2011 09:51

Social-Companion Robotics: experiences with end-users

 Wednesday 28/09/2011, 9.00 – 10.30

The European Research in Ambient Assisted Living is moving towards the integration of service robotics into smart home environments to provide support for the older and impaired persons living at home independently. The research in this area has to meet the challenges of user-centred prioritisation of system affordances through co-design of usability features that best support the targeted user-system relationship. Such research has to arrive at socio-technically acceptable and persona-adaptive systems that can be easily re-adapted and re-trained to remain both affordable, and, responsive to the users’ changing needs.  

The design of such advanced systems for enhanced quality-of-experience, irrespective of whether they may be specifically intended as assistive-rehabilitative systems or for enhanced empowerment and comfort of all types of users, demands a dynamic usability modelling approach (e.g. UI-REF) to ensure that user-led dynamic prioritisation of system functionalities is guaranteed by co-design.    

Ultimately the objective has to be to deliver a spectrum of solutions within a framework architecture for  graceful semantic integration of the intelligent sub-systems that need to cooperate seamlessly to provide for care-and-comfort support of the user. Accordingly, to address the above Companion Robotics innovation challenges; this workshop comprises contributions from a number of thematically clustered EU FP7 AAL projects namely CompanionAble, MobiServ, Domeo, KSERA, and other related projects which will together present their insights arising from trialing and evaluation with real end-users of this class of highly personalised ambient–assistive robotics systems.  

This workshop is led by the CompanionAble Consortium and includes researchers,  expert practitioners and users to explore multi-disciplinary viewpoints on the challenges of co-designing social robots and their societal diffusion models -involving all the stakeholders and end-users: the care-recipients, the(family) carers and the healthcare professionals.

In addition to the presentation of the results of usability evaluations of the social robotic systems that will be presented by the participants, parallel demonstrations of these systems are also planned to take place at the AAL Forum in Lecce 2011.

The programme for this workshop is as set out below; within the time constraints of this session, there will be a Q&A session facilitated by discussants/panel of practitioners; however the organisers will be available at the demonstration site of the Hector CompanionAble Environment as well as the other demo sites to provide additional information.

3 min
Introduction by chairman, Professor Atta Badii
15 min
Usability Features prioritisation guided by the User-Intimate Requirements Hierarchy Resolution Framework (UI-REF) for Companion-Social Robotics Co-design Atta Badii, Daniel Thiemert
15 min
Integrated CompanionAble Architectures  as Ambient Context-aware Assistive Partners - Claire Huijnen , Atta Badii,  Daniel Thiemert
15 min
KSERA Project:   Smart Robots, Smart Homes and Care for Older Persons Project - Raymond Cuijpers
15 min
DOMEO, Domestic Robot For Elderly Assistance. First Results and Perspectives - Vincent Dupourque
15 min
Pro-active Life-style Support Integrating Smart Homes and Advanced Social Robotics - Herjan van den Heuvel, Claire Huijnen, Atta Badii
12 min
Q&A / discussion – facilitator: Daniel Thiemert
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:59
 
5th CRI Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:22

Workshop Agenda

Brussels Novotel Grand Place , 8th March 2011

Agenda

 

 

Call for Participation

CompanionAble Consortium, AAL Companion Robotics Institute Workshop Series

5th Workshop, Brussels Novotel Grand Place , 8th March 2011

AAL User-Centred Comopanion Robotics Experimentoria,

Supporting Socio-ethically Intelligent Assistive Technologies Adoption


Background & Motivation

The theme of AAL-Companion Robotics Research was first proposed as a dedicated large scale Collaborative RTDI Programme by the CompanionAble Consortium, led by  Prof. Atta Badii, University of Reading, UK; in May 2007 and subsequent to the approval of the project as an Integrated Programme under the auspices of the EC ICT-FP7 eInclusion Directorate,  the CompanionAble Consortium (www.companionable.net) organised the first international workshop on the AAL-Companion Robotics theme in November 2008 at the ICT 2008 in Lyon.  This attracted a large number of participants. This was followed by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th such workshop respectively in Bilbao, December 2008, in Salzburg at the AmI November 2009 and in Brussels 30th September 2011.  In April 2010 the CompanionAble Consortium formally established the Companion Robotics Institute (CRI) as a foundation organisation dedicated to the dissemination and exploitation of Companion Robotics as complementary to home and appliance augmentation or as all-in plug-and-perform assistive technology for any legacy or smart home deployment.   

As part of the CompanionAble project dissemination programme, CRI continues its focus on research challenges relating to the graceful adoption, integration and adaptation of Companion Robots as socially-aware assistive devices at home, or at work for enhanced life/work-style support, particularly independent living care support  with safety, security, comfort and societal benefits.

For this 5th Workshop the CRI Workshops Committee wishes to keep its focus firmly on the synergy of the following important themes, the confluence of which will significantly influence the mainstreaming of the Companion/Social Robotics of the future as realistic options off-the-shelf and an important part of the AAL Solutions Spectrum:
  • Socio-ethically intelligent deployment of AAL-Companion/Social Robotics
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  • AAL Ecosystem Stakeholders’ Requirements generalisation ontology framework
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  • Human-Robot Interaction: comprising a range of issues: e.g. direct voice-commanded control, real-time remote control, personal-space-preservation and contextualised dialogue management
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  • AAL-Companion/Social Robots as emotion/activity literate monitors and context-sensitive respondents
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  • Human -Robot and Robot-Robot Teams Cooperativity and Training Autonomy support
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  • AAL-Companion Robot secure semantic Interoperability with the Future Internet and the AAL  Platform
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  • The Thriving AAL Ecosystem: Matchmaking of Assistive Devices to Well-Being Needs: Achieving the triple dynamic equilibrium point of optimally matched AAL Spectra:  i) the AAL users’ Needs Spectrum, ii) the ALL Solutions Shelf, and, iii) Affordability Engineered Sustainable AAL Business Models
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  • AAL-Companion Robotics as Socialisation and Assistance Gateways mediating access to richer social interaction,  positive psychology and fun socio-cognitive stimulation
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  • Validation and Certification Practice Models for efficient usability evaluation and safety-assurance of personalised ICT-enabled support for the AAL user’s priority needs
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  • Future Internet of People, Companion Robots Things and Services Sociality
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  • Dynamic Usability-Relationship-Based Evaluation of Assistive Technologies

Participation Process and Timeline

Participation in the AAL-CRI Workshop Series is open and free to all members of the stakeholder community. Those wishing to contribute to the workshop as either members of the audience, presenters, discussants or exhibitors can contact the Workshop Programme co-Chair as listed below to indicate their intention to participate and/or send a position papers including an outline of the issues that they wish to discuss. Participants should clarify whether they intend to make a presentation, lead a break-out group or act as a Panellist, Discussant or exhibitor of a prototype.  Contributors are invited to submit their short (4 pages) or long papers (8 Pages) in LNCS format and addressing any of the above areas or their own research topic within the overall thematic framework of AAL-Companion Robotics Design and Integration research challenges.

 
Important Dates:

  • 21st February 2011: Deadline for submission of papers by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • 26th February 2011: Deadline for notification of accepted papers
  • 5th March 2011: Deadline for Final Camera-Ready Submission
Accepted papers will be encouraged to be developed for publication in a forthcoming book: Companion Robots Integration, Socialisation & Diffusion: Architectural & Socio-Technical Challenges, Editors: Atta Badii, Horst Michael Gross, Gerard Chollet,  Jerome Boudy, Daniel Thiemert
 
Workshop Programme Chair: Professor Atta Badii, Coordinator, CompanionAble Project    
Workshop Programme Co-Chairs: Professor Horst Michael Gross, Professor Gerard Chollet, Professor Jerome Boudy, Daniel Thiemert, Carmen Pastor Fernandez-Cuesta
Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2011 09:51
 
4th CRI Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 09:57

 

CRI announces its 4th Workshop to be held in Brussels on 30th September 2010

Novotel (Grand Place), Brussels

Final Agenda:

 

Agenda

The theme of Companion Robotics Research was first proposed as a dedicated large scale Collaborative RTDI Programme by the CompanionAble Consortium, led by Atta Badii, in May 2007 and subsequent to the approval of the project as an Integrated Programme under the auspices of the EC ICT-FP7 eInclusion Directorate,  the CompanionAble Consortium (www.companionable.net) organised the first international workshop on the Companion Robotics theme in November 2008 at the ICT 2008 in Lyon which attracted a large number of participants. This was followed by a second and third such workshop respectively in Bilbao, December 2008, and again in Salzburg at the AmI 2009.  This 4th research workshop in the series continues our focus on research challenges relating to the graceful adoption, integration and adaptation of Companion Robots as socially-aware assistive devices at home, or at work for enhanced life/work-style support, comfort and societal benefits.

Workshop Themes include:

  1. Human-Robot Communication, Robotic Dexterity and Spatio-Temporal Reasoning
  2. Robot Cooperativity and Coordinative Capability to support Teamwork  
  3. Robot Sociability: Process Integration, Social Acceptability and Appropriation Patterns
  4. Robot Learning Capability
  5. Future Internet of People, Robots Things and Services Sociality
  6. Companion Robotics Technological Convergence and Integration Requirements
  7. Dynamic Usability Relationship Based evaluation of Assistive Technologies
Researchers are invited to submit their short (4 pages) or long papers (8 Pages) in LNCS format and addressing any of the above areas or their own research topic within the overall thematic framework of Companion Robotics Design and Integration research challenges.  

Important Dates:

  • 15th September: Deadline for submission of papers by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • 20th September: Deadline for notification of accepted papers
  • 25 September: Deadline for Final Camera-Ready Submission

Accepted papers will be encouraged to be developed for publication in a forthcoming book on Companion Robotics, Editors: Atta Badii, Horst Michael Gross, Gerard Chollet, Jerome Boudy, Daniel Thiemert
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:21
 


The CompanionAble project is co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme

(Grant Agreement Number 216487).

Start Date: 1st January 2008
Duration: 48 Month

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