Theme Robotics for Health

The following speakers are confirmed for the Robotics for Health session:

Chair   Maarten Steinbuch  (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Prof Marcelo Ang  
(National University of Singapore, Advanced Robotics Lab)

Title: Soft Robotics for Human Assistance

Abstract: We are at a moment of great opportunities where robotics is now becoming increasingly more useful outside factory environments, to our daily lives. One key feature is for the robotics system to adapt to our daily environments, which are inherently unstructured. Robots are the most useful tool for human beings, providing assistance while interacting with humans. In our unstructured and human environments, safety is of utmost concern. “Soft robotics” plays a crucial role in not only achieving safety during human-robot interaction, but it also allows the robotic system to comply and adapt in unstructured environments.  “Softness” can be achieved passively through its mechanical structure, or actively through advanced sensing and control. In this talk, I will share the different kinds of soft robotics and show their usefulness. I hope to inspire you to look at new applications of soft robotics and play an active role in shaping this technology to improve the quality of our lives.

Maja Rudinac (Robot Care Systems)

Title: Towards design of the care of the future: LEA – The Lean Empowering Assistant”

Abstract: Robot Care Systems has a dream. We dream of a world that uses modern technology to help the elderly to feel young again, and motivate them to lead a much richer life. Our personal assistant LEA helps elderly stay longer at home. She ensures stability, safety and ease of use allowing older people and people with disabilities to maintain control over their lives. It can also be used in clinical rehabilitation treatment to allow patient to train independently in their own time in addition to the training time with professionals. This will allow for a quicker recovery and stimulate the independence of the patient. We have achieved this by making a very user friendly design that combines custom made electronics and mechanics with affordable sensors and intelligent software that can run on low-power computers. LEA is coming to the market in fall this year

Joris Jaspers (Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht)

Abstract: In my presentation I will give an overview of Robotic systems used for surgery or Interventional radiology, their claims and the clinical evidence available. I will also give some insights in present and future developments in this field and will look in how they meet clinical need. I will also show some alternative developments in this field to show that robotics is not always the way to go. I will finish with my future perspective in how we should co-develop (robotic) medical devices for the benefit of patients and health care workers.

Francesco Ferro (Pal Robotics)

Title: Service Robots in Healthcare

Abstract: The presentation will focus on the history of PAL Robotics, our collaborative service robot TIAGo and some of our key European partnerships in the healthcare sector. Firstly, we will give an overview of PAL Robotics – who we are, what we do and what we’ve achieved since the company was founded in 2004. One of our key aims is to create service robots that can be used in practical situations and eventually become part of our everyday lives. Secondly, we will demonstrate some of our robotic products and services, and introduce our mobile manipulator, TIAGo – a platform that is particularly suited for healthcare and R&D. TIAGo is an incredibly versatile robot with a modular, configurable design, and it is the preferred research platform for multiple European projects. Finally, we will give an overview of some of the partnerships and collaborations we’re involved in. We’re working with industry, academia and research institutions across the continent in order to improve health and quality of life, and we believe that incorporating robotics into the healthcare sector is crucial if we’re to achieve this.

Chair: Maarten Steinbuch (1960) is Distinguished University Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. From 1987-1999 he was with Philips Eindhoven. Since 1999 he is full professor and chair of the Control Systems Technology group of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and since 2014 also Scientific Director of the TU/e High Tech Systems Center HTSC. In 2013 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor at TU/e. In 2015 Maarten received the KIVI Academic Society Award. In 2016 he received the STW Simon Stevin Meester 2016 award, the highest Dutch award for Science and Technology. He is co-founder of MI Partners BV, Mechatronics Academy BV, Preceyes BV, Microsure BV, and CEO of Medical Robotic Technologies BV.

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