IROS 2009 Workshop

Network Robot Systems: Network Robot Services for the Elderly

October 15 (full day), 2009
St. Louis, USA
to be held in conjunction with IROS 2009

| Motivation and objectives | Program | Paper Submission | Important Dates | Organizers |

Motivation and objectives

In previous workshops in this series, we have invited key persons from various regions to discuss its current status and future direction of "network robot systems". This has enabled us to clarify the fundamental research areas pertaining to network robot systems. The first objective is the continuation of this effort of community building by bringing together key people.

In addition to community building, this proposed workshop will place special emphasis on the exchange of ideas about "network robot services for the elderly". As aging of the population is a serious social problem in several countries, attempts have been made to apply robotics to physical support for the elderly. Moreover, "networked" robots have great potential in their ability to connect people in remote places; that is, network robot systems allow us to consider applications for the elderly involving social human-robot interaction, such as providing encouragement to communicate more with others and participate in communities. On the other hand, such networked systems raise potential concerns about security and privacy. We will discuss the appropriate use of technology to meet the needs of the elderly with current technical limitations.

In conjunction with these efforts, the research community should contribute its significant knowledge base towards technical standardization and legal guidelines, which are always needed in industry. Reflecting the growth of this research community, this direction of research is now supported by many governments, and several initial "network robot systems" have been built in Japan, Europe, and Korea; questions have now begun to arise about legal, safety, and responsibility concerns. By involving lawyers, we will start to share this society-level concern internationally in order to think about a global standard about legal and safety criteria in the workshop at ICRA2009. We will continue this discussion with more emphasis on applications for the elderly.

Program

Workshop Program (PDF File)

Important Dates

Workshop: October 15

Organizers

Norihiro Hagita
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan
hagita@atr.jp

Alberto Sanfeliu
Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
sanfeliu@iri.ups.es

Hiroshi Ishiguro
Osaka University, Japan
ishiguro@ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

Takayuki Kanda
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan
kanda@atr.jp