La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL coorganizes the international congress on social robots applied to health and education, New Friends 2016, that will have place between the 2nd and 4th November at La Salle-URL and Cosmocaixa. Jordi Albó, Coordinator of Robotics at La Salle, is the General Chairman of the Congress.
The Congress brings together the most important experts in this area, who will attend conferences, oral presentations, poster presentations, demos and workshops to discover topics related with Ethics, Robotics and their use in Health and Education.
More specifically, the topics the Congress will focus on are the study of social robots in research, intervention patterns in relation to final users, novelties in the technological development of these social robots; therapy and theoretical educational studies ( ethical, social, legal and philosophical approaches)
Regarding the Conferences, some of the leading researchers in this area will attend the Congress. One of them is Illah R.Nourbakhsh, professor of Robotics at the Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Nourbakhsh will talk about “Robotics and technology fluency” providing attendees with awareness about Ethics and the branching of this area in the communities.
Carme Torras, research profesor at CSIC and Director of perception and handling at the Barcelona Robotics Institute will deal with the topic of robotic assistants: research challenges, Ethics and the role of fiction.
Also, in relation as Robots as assistants, the Professor of Psychological Medicine at the School of Medicine of Auckland University, Elizabeth Anne Broadbent, will talk about the benefits of Robots for the company of patients with chronic illnesses.
The Professor of Engineering practice in human factors of Boston’s Tufts University, Daniel J.Hannon, will present their task in Cognitive Engineering systems and the motivational and situational elements in complex environments.
Finally, Dr. Fumihide Tanaka, professor of Information and Systems of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tsukuba (Japan) will talk about educational robots for children and will immerse attendees in the pioneer area of research.
For more information and the Congress Schedule, click here.