Use of Humanoid Robot Technology for Therapy

International conference

Stroke and other forms of acquired brain damage are leading causes of disease-related disability worldwide. Neurorehabilitation promotes functional recovery and autonomy and reduces disability considerably. This is made possible by specific intensive training-based therapy promoting functional brain recovery. Secondary to global demographic changes and hence an increasing number of people living with the aftermaths of stroke, the need for specific and intensive therapy is increasing. Therapists are facing difficulties to cope with the demand. Accordingly, there is a need for technological support that helps therapists to provide intensive training schedules to more people being affected. And, there are other clinical conditions and situations where humanoid robots could enhance therapeutic options. Humanoid robots might play a role in such scenarios. Therapeutic knowledge could be embedded in the digital implementation of purpose-built therapeutic systems. The socially interactive feature of humanoid robots can serve as means to provide the therapeutic interaction needed. So far, research on the use of humanoid robot technology for therapy has only started, and such therapeutic systems are not yet available for routine clinical questions.

The international symposium brings clinicians and scientists together to share their reasoning, research results, and insights.

Lessons learnt from brain science approaches, aspects of therapeutic interaction, the role of motivation, the design of social robots, including gender aspects, user model technology, design of communication, digitally monitoring training behaviour, patient preferences and ethical considerations with regard to future technology, as well as  clinical experience with systems that have been developed so far are all addressed.

The symposium is organised by the E-BRAiN research consortium (Evidence-Based Robot-Assistance in Neurorehabilitation; and supported by expert invited speakers from Australia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The symposium is planned with a hybrid format (F2F and digital); attendees can indicate their preference. In case the pandemic forces to do so the symposium can be run digitally. For those who wish to participate and present their own related research, there will be the possibility for short presentations, at least to a limited extent. Those interested can submit a structured abstract (Objective. Methods. Results. Discussion.) to Professor Platz at thomas.platzuni-greifswaldde for evaluation. Please register below for the symposium, meet the experts, and be part of the personal exchange about this fascinating topic of interdisciplinary research.

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Wednesday, 18. May 2022
16.00 hrs. Registration

18.00 hrs. Public evening lecture
Humanoid robots in rehabilitation therapy - chance and challenge
Professor Dr. Thomas Platz (Greifswald)

Thursday, 19. May 2022
Therapeutic interaction & Robot therapy
Pedersen, Deutsch, Goldmann, Bobe, Platz (Greifswald)

Widening the lens: Cognitive and brain science approaches for research on human-robot interactions
Emily S. Cross (Sydney) - invited lecture

Lessions learned from upper-limb post-stroke rehabilitation with a social robot
Shelly Levy-Tzedek (Beer Sheva) - invited lecture

Sozial Robotics: Designing Machines that Interact with People
Arvid Kappas (Bremen) - invited lecture

Hamm, Szeska (Greifswald) 

Friday, 20. May 2022
User Model Technology
Forbrig, Bundea (Rostock)

Towards We-international HRI Interactions using Theory of Mind and Hierarchical Task Network
Maitreyee Maitreyee (Umea) - invited lecture

Building Feminist Social Robots: What, Why and How
Katie Winkle (Stockholm) - invited lecture

Are humanoid robots capable of social ineractions with humans and can they be held morally responsible?
Raul Hakli (Helsinki) - invited lecture

Intuitive and informative Human-Robot Communication
Autexier (Bremen) - invited lecture

Monitoring Behaviour / NLG / Model-based robot behaviour
Kirste, Bader, Felske (Greifswald)

Saturday, 21. May 2022
Health Preference Research - Development, Methods and Contributions to Health Care Decisions Making
Peter Zweifel (Zürich) - invited lecture

Patient preferences in neurorehabilitation: a consideration of clinical effects and technical features of robotic therapy
Juhnke, Fischer, Mühlbacher (Neubrandenburg)

Efficiency frontier of digital health interventions: A probabilistic model of cost-effectiveness analysis
Stadler, Mühlbacher (Neubrandenburg)




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