Miha Deniša, Jožef Stefan Institute Ljubljana, Slovenia
Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
The field of medical robotics is growing rapidly and encompasses a large area of topics. In the topic of rehabilitation, there is a push for new devices and approaches that would reduce the burden of rehabilitation staff, improve the rehabilitation results, and motivate patients. Novel designs and control approaches for active and passive exoskeletons are being researched and developed. In the surgical robotics field, researchers are working on designing steerable catheters/needles and introducing partial autonomy. Throughout the medical robotics field, use of AI is being used for various goals, from analysis of medical data to planning in surgical robotics. The goal of this special session is to present the latest developments in the field and engage the medical robotics community.
Innovative robots design
Med Amine Laribi, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France
Giuseppe Carbone, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy
There is a need for devices and systems that allow performing tasks faster and with greater effectiveness at work, at home, and even in leisure situations. The impressive advances in science and technology, applied to the needs of people’s lives, have resulted in the development of innovative robotics. Manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, agriculture, or even home have been revolutionized by Innovative Robots and their design. With the accumulation of practical experience, technology advances, and the wide spread applications, the development of robots in the future will be more intelligent, connected, collaborative, and autonomously mobile. The objective of this special session is to provide a forum for researchers to discuss and disseminate research work related to emerging technologies that are defining future robotics and the innovative robots design .
Social and self-aware robots
Aleksandar Rodić, Mihajlo Pupin Institute, Belgrade, Serbia
Karsten Berns, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Advances in Human-Robot Interaction
Kosta Jovanović, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Tadej Petrič, Jožef Stean Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
One of the recent research trends in robotics is how to enable effective and safe collaborative behavior of robots working with humans. Such a collaborative setup aims to automate tasks that cannot be fully automated with classical industrial robots due to setup time, space, cost and safety. This track aims to identify the key scientific and technological challenges as well as the breakthroughs that are still needed to advance robotic technology for human-robot interaction for the benefit of humanity.