IROS 2022 Workshop
The Empowering Future Care Workforces project and the UKRI EMERGENCE Network are hosting a special half-day workshop at IROS 2022 in Kyoto, Japan, an important global meeting place of robotics researchers, developers and manufacturers. The workshop will take place on October 23rd, a day before the main conference kicks off. To apply to be part of the workshop and to review important dates, click here.
Workshop: Assistive robots in the real world
Supporting health care professional to leverage autonomous assistive devices
Deploying robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) in care that cannot be easily adapted to their situation of use, or are not adaptable as those situations change, jeopardises the safety and wellbeing of patients as well as health and care professionals. It also increases the chance of expensive systems being underutilised wasting scarce resources in public health sectors already at breaking point following covid-19. This workshop will break down research results and gather state-of-the-art contributions on how to best support healthcare professionals to leverage assistive robotics technologies to enhance and augment the care they provide in their situations of use. This includes considering how best to design and deploy these systems so that they are intuitive to interact with and adapt to local contexts and patients.
The objectives of this workshop include:
Reviewing how designers and operators can expose machine decision making to verify and validate safe operations in dynamic care environments.
Reviewing how diverse stakeholders can best inform the creation and revision of standards such as ISO 13482 on personal care robots which at present does not consider issues of verification and validation in the face of changing patient needs, for instance.
Assessing how we can put measures of wellbeing at the heart of evidencing the efficacy of RAS to systematically assess the wellbeing implications of assistive robotics on health and care professionals, and the people they care for.
Reviewing how roboticists and care professionals can be empowered to overcome already existing inequalities in the care landscape that mean that marginalised people who most need care are often excluded from benefitting from emerging technologies and services.
Identifying what kind of interdisciplinary collaborations, research infrastructures and innovation policies are needed to support this work.
Identifying how robotics research can overcome issues of local specificity, safely adapting emerging RAS in care to best suit complex local settings where care actually happens.