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Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children
with Neurodevelopmental Difficulties (NDDs)  - Robots4NDD 2022
Rotterdam,The Netherlands
July 25th, 2022

In conjunction with The IEEE 17th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) in RehabWeek 2022,
-   Workshop day: July 25th, 2022,
-   1 slide short pitch submission for the speed networking event: July 10th, 2022 
-   Conference dates: July 25th - 29th, 2022
More on rehab week:
Neurodevelopmental deficits (NDD) are characterized by specific limitations on language, attention, or motor control abilities and impairment of social skills (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disorder). NDDs result in emotional, physical, social, academic, and economic consequences for individuals, and in turn families, and society. Upon diagnosis, families report significant delays in treatment initiation and unsatisfactory levels of treatment monitoring and there is a need to establish effective easy-to-access strategies for assessing, treating, and monitoring NDD.
Rapid progress in the area of robotics offers excellent chances for innovations for children with NDDs thanks to robots allowing the execution of repetitive tasks which can be tailored according to the needs of the individuals. Robots thus offer the opportunity to deliver automated interventions, enable therapy to be delivered over a distance, enable inclusive and collaborative environments to promote group activity and social inclusion, and personalize treatment procedures.

This workshop aims to bring experts from multi-disciplinary backgrounds together to share ideas and discuss the design of such robotic solutions for the targeted focus group.
The main aim of this workshop will be to provide a venue for young researchers to share their recent advances as well as to listen and interact with senior researchers with different backgrounds working in NDDs. 

Topics of interest will include, but will not be limited to:
-   Robot-assisted therapy and training;
-   Personalized interactions and adaptive interventions with robots;
-    Participatory design approaches in design
-   Children's and families’ involvement in the design
-   Social interaction and inclusion through robot-mediated activities;
-   Socio-cognitive skills training;
-   Attention and engagement measures in NDDs;
-   Affective interaction and emotional understanding;
-   Imitation, perspective-taking, joint attention, and empathy;
-   Fine motor skills evaluation;
-   Robots in special education;
-   Assistive robots at home;
-   Specific field applications based on ABA or ESDM approaches.

Carlos Cifuentes
Carlos A. Cifuentes is an Associate Professor in Human-Robot Interaction at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) and EPF Graduate School of Engineering (France). In 2017 his work was lauded as one of five history-changing ideas in Latin America by History Channel. In 2020 he was elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member, and in 2022 he was appointed as Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. His research on Human-Robot Interaction is world-leading, and his team’s research has conclusively shown the benefits of using robots in a healthcare context.

Maura Casadio
Maura Casadio is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy. She received the M.S. degree in electronic engineering in 2002 from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, the M.S. degree in bioengineering, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in robotics and bioengineering, in 2006, both from the University of Genoa. She worked as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University and the Robotics Laboratory, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan ability Lab), Chicago, IL, from 2008 to 2011. Her main areas of interest are neural control of movement and forces, rehabilitation, biomedical robotics, sensory processing, artificial and augmented sensing (proprioception/ somatosensation) and body–machine interfaces. 

Silvia Orlandi
Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on developing multi-modal intelligent technologies for motor and cognitive neurorehabilitation through artificial intelligence, biomedical signal processing, computer vision, and rehabilitation engineering techniques.


Start   End Total
8:15.     8:25   10'   Welcome from organizers (Introducing the Plan and Distributing group work material)
8:25.    8:50  25'    Speed-Networking Activity: Input -Show & Tell Pitches (Each participant shows/presents their research with 1 slide in 2 minutes)
8:50.    9:15   25'    Invited speaker talk: Carlos Cifuentes,"CASTOR Robot: An Open-Source Social Robot Based on Compliant Soft Robotics for Therapy with 
                               Children with ASD" 
9:15      9:30    15'  Video presentation: Anara Sandygulova, "Quantitative Findings of Robot-Assisted Autism Therapy"
9:30     9:55   25'   Invited speaker talk: Silvia Orlandi
9:55    10:10   15'   Break
10:10   10:35   25'  Invited speaker talk: Maura Casadio, "Computer vision for understanding infant movements" 
10:35   10:50   15'   Paper presentation: Rianne van den Berghe, "Designing robot lessons for children with ASD in special education" 
10:50   11:10    20'  Group work: Ideation session for alternative designs, alternative use-case scenarios for using robots for the target group
11:10     11:30   20'  Group work output sharing
11:30    11:50   20'  Panel discussion on challenges and potentials in the field
11:50    12:00  10'   Closing with plans for collaborations, synergies, reports and publications

-   Arzu Guneysu Ozgur
Division of Robotics Perception and Learning, Department of EECS,
KTH, Digital Futures Fellow, Sweden

-   Salvatore Maria Anzalone
Laboratoire Cognitions Humaine et Artificielle
Université Paris 8, France

-   Thomas Gargot
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Tours

This workshop is partially funded by the Digital Futures research Center, Sweden, and the French-Swiss ANR-FNS project iReCheck.

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