CFP: ROMAN 2014:

Workshop on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for the Elderly




Workshop on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for the Elderly


Dedicated to the memory of Prof. Silvia Coradeschi


Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25, 2014

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In conjunction with IEEE RO-MAN '14 - The 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication,




Submission of workshop abstracts: 02/05/2014 Notification of acceptance for workshop abstracts28/05/2014 Submission of camera-ready workshop abstracts 10/06/2014

Workshop: 25/08/2014




This workshop has the purpose of bringing together researchers from different scientific communities either interested in or actively working on the application of robotics to provide services specifically designed for the elderly  in order to enhance their everyday life. We believe a multidisciplinary environment is ideal for fostering and promoting this research area because of its fundamentally interdisciplinary nature. To effectively provide useful robotic services for elderly users  requires an intimate collaboration between psychologists, sociologists, computer scientists, and robotics researchers.




All researchers interested in contributing to the discussion are invited to submit an abstract of their work, prepared using the IEEE format. Abstracts may be short (up to 2 pages) or long (up to 4 pages). Please direct submissions  to the following address

IEEE proceedings format kits and instructions can be found at:




Printed and online proceedings with abstracts of the workshop will be published with ISBN and, as follow up, we will organize a journal special issue welcoming all the speakers’ contribution.




Paolo Dario, coordinator of the ROBOT-ERA project, “Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and Intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population”

Farshid Amirabdollahian, coordinator of ACCOMPANY project, “Multidimensional aspects of design, development and evaluation in Accompany - Acceptable Robotics Companions for the Ageing Years- project”

Amy Loutfi, coordinator of GIRAFFEPLUS project, “Combining social interaction and long term monitoring for promoting independent living”.




The rising need for services for ageing well is pushing the growth of the service robotics market to new frontiers, requiring new research progress and increasing industrial and social interest and commitment. The domain of service  robotics for supporting independent living, addressed by home robots with a high degree of adaptability and autonomy in decision-making, has requirements which clearly go significantly beyond those of industrial robotics.

The ambition of this emerging domain is to provide robotic services with a high level of performance and acceptability. The complexity of the required services necessitates sophisticated and novel approaches to in order to fulfil  them. These approaches may include multi-robot cooperation or the support of an Ambient Intelligence (AmI) infrastructure. The robotic systems developed face challenging real-world environments and may need to operate in both domestic and urban contexts. These  systems also face unique challenges in usability and human-robot interaction. Interfaces must be designed to facilitate the operation of robots by the elderly, provide effective tools to supervise services and ensure safe operation, and connect users (elderly  people and caregivers), service providers (social services, medical centres, municipalities, shops, pharmacies, etc.) and robots (indoor and outdoor).

Topics of interest include:

Mobility aids for locomotion or navigation Automated or assistive manipulation systems Robot companions Social interaction Cultural differences in user needs/expectations Tele-operated robots Multi-modal human-machine interfaces Human behavioural modelling, Activity monitoring systems/activity recognition Multi-modal perception Novel sensors Smart environments




Alessandro Di Nuovo, Plymouth University, UK & Kore University, Italy

Frank Broz, Plymouth University, UK

Filippo Cavallo, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Italy

Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Italy




Any inquiries should be sent to: