ERF2016 Workshop on Robotic Therapy

ERF2016 Workshop on Interdisciplinary Methods for Therapeutical and Diagnostic Human Robot Interaction

European Robotics Forum 2016, Day 3, 23 March 2016, Room SCHUNK (E3-4), 10:45-12:15


Marta Capiluppi, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Italy

Agnieszka Wykowska, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and Technical University Munich, Germany,


This session aims at bringing together researchers from various fields: robotics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology and industry to discuss novel approaches in robot-assisted therapy and diagnosis for special needs. The highlight will be put on interdisciplinary methods that allow for novel solutions tailored to the needs of the end users. Moreover, the two sides of human robot interaction, the human side and the robot side, will be explored, with the aim of integrating the approaches in the different fields involved. Starting from the current methods for therapy and diagnosis of different diseases and current technology of integrating cognition in robots, this session wants to start a collaborative field, in which such methods and technologies have a common aim. The workshop will also discuss possible applications of robot-assisted therapy and diagnosis, both for cognitive and for physical diseases.


10.45 – 10.55 Marta Capiluppi, University of Verona, “New challenges for robotics in therapy and diagnosis of cognitive impairments

10.55 – 11.10 Agnieszka Wykowska, Technische Universität München and Luleå University of Technology, “Objective methods of social cognitive neuroscience for robots better tuned to the workings of the human brain

11.10 – 11.25 Hagen Lehmann, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, “Interdisciplinary robot assisted ASD Therapy: The application of humanoid robots in interaction games”

11.25 – 11.40 Andras Lorincz, Eotvos Lorand University, “Personalization as smart tool based co-annotated self-tracking

11.40 – 11.55 David Vagni, SpazioAsperger, “Use and perception of humanoid robots for Autism Therapy

11:55 – 12:15 Round Table Discussion on possibilities for the application of robotic in therapy and diagnosis of different cognitive impairments

Information for Participants

Participants will be asked to express their opinion on the future of the therapy with robots, regarding possible applications and research trends. Furthermore, participants will be asked to contribute with their expertise on specific methods that can potentially be useful in designing novel therapy protocols. To this end, participants are asked to bring success stories in this field. Moreover, during the round table discussion, some guidelines will be discussed on how to integrate the topics regarding therapy and diagnosis with robots in the next H2020 calls.