Robots hold great promise in assisting people in a variety of ways to enhance quality of life. Recent advances in robotics have demonstrated how assistive robots might improve social interactions for people with social deficits, reduce physical difficulties for people with diminished abilities, and facilitate rehabilitative exercises for people with impairments. While holding great promise, a variety of computational and practical challenges need to be addressed before robots can reach their full potential in improving people’s quality of life. This workshop aims to bring together roboticists and HRI researchers to share current progress in assistive robotics and discuss where and how the community should move towards in realizing assistive robots for everyday users.
Potential topics to be discussed at the workshop include, but are not limited to:
* Socially assistive robotics (e.g., robots that provide social support in therapy)
* Robot-assisted therapy to help improve/regain human motor abilities
* Wearable robots that augment/replace human function (e.g., prostheses)
* Co-located robots that augment/replace human function in bio-mimetic (e.g., robotic arm) or not bio-mimetic (e.g., smart wheelchair) forms
* Robots that provide aid/assistance