Robots in healthcare and welfare

Workshop, 6th March, 08:30

In the struggle of coping with an aging society, robotic solutions are inevitable. This workshop will focus on how to make use of robots in healthcare and welfare to assist elderly and impaired persons as well as healthcare staff.


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As a consequence of the demographic development, in the near future only a constant (or even slightly decreasing) number of people will be working in healthcare and welfare services while the number of people requiring support will increase drastically. This not only affects the growing number of elderly people but also younger persons with impairments that require assistance.

 Robots can help to tackle this situation by

  • assisting elderly and impaired people in their daily lives, thus enhancing their independence
  • supporting the personnel of hospitals and residential care facilities in their work, thus giving them more time to actually care for their patients 

This workshop will focus on the interdisciplinary exchange between developers, designers, health care experts and possible target customers. Presentations will be given by possible end user representatives illustrating their actual needs as well as by developers who have already been in contact with their future customers and can thus present not only the technical capabilities of today's service robots but also align them with useful welfare applications.


The following is an overview of the agenda. For details on the workshop and the single presentations please see this website:

Part 1: Assisting elderly and impaired persons in daily living activities

08:30 - 10:00



User Requirements

  • Gert Jan Gelderblom (Zuyd University): Meaningful Functionality of Service Robotics for Aging in Place
  • Marcus Mast (Stuttgart Media University): A remote human-robot interaction concept for physically assisting elderly people in the home


Socially Assistive Robots

  • A. Renteria, L. Martinez, A. Remazeilles, J.F.Veneman (TECNALIA): Socially Assistive Robotics for Welfare
  • Andreas Bley (MetraLabs GmbH) and Frank Wallhoff (Jade Hochschule): ALIAS - Adaptable Ambient Living Assistant
  • Eric Lucet (Robosoft): Social Mobiserv Kompai Robot to Assist People


Technology transfer

  • Francois Boucher (Kinova): KINOVA: From a blank sheet to worldwide distribution
  • Federico Pecora and Alessandro Saffiotti (Orebro University): Testing Robot Ecologies for Elderly Care Inside and Ouside the Home

10:00 - 10:30


Part 2
: Assisting health care staff in hospitals and residential care facilities

11:00 - 12:00



User Requirements

  • Steen Dawids (Bispebjerg Hospital): Robotics in healthcare: a hospital perspective


Physical Assistance

  • Ali Özkil (Technical University of Denmark): Robotic Logistic Solutions for hospitals
  • Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer IPA): Application scenarios and economic evaluation of service robots assiting care workers in residential care facilities


Rehabilitation and therapy

  • Henrik Lund (Technical University of Denmark): Modular Interactive Tiles for Rehabilitation in Home and Institution: For Balancing, Cardiac, Stroke, and COLD Patients Therapy
  • Emilia I. Barakova, Jan Gillesen, Henk Nijmeijer, Loe Feijs, Panos Markopoulos (Eindhoven University of Technology), Bibi Huskens (Dr. Leo Kannerhuis), Tino Lourens (TiViPE): Supporting therapists with robots and tangibles in behavioral training of autistic children and stroke patients: Wikitherapist project

12:00 - 12:30



  • Gert Jan Gelderblom (Zuyd University)
  • Marcus Mast (Stuttgart Media University)
  • A. Renteria, L. Martinez, A. Remazeilles, J.F.Veneman (TECNALIA)
  • Andreas Bley (MetraLabs GmbH)
  • Frank Wallhoff (Jade Hochschule)
  • Eric Lucet (Robosoft)
  • Francois Boucher (Kinova)
  • Federico Pecora, Alessandro Saffiotti (Orebro University)
  • Steen Dawids (Bispebjerg Hospital)
  • Ali Özkil (Technical University of Denmark
  • Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer IPA)
  • Henrik Lund (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Emilia I. Barakova, Jan Gillesen, Henk Nijmeijer, Loe Feijs, Panos Markopoulos (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Bibi Huskens (Dr. Leo Kannerhuis)
  • Tino Lourens (TiViPE

Key topics

  • Healthcare and Welfare robots
  • Understanding and implementing user requirements

Workshop category

  • Presentations
  • Discussion


  • Birgit Graf, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany
  • Lykke Brogaard Bertel, DTI, Denmark
  • Ali Gurcan Ozkil, Technical University of Denmark
  • Steen Dawids, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen 

Further information

At this workshop you can experience the ButlerBot. The ButlerBot 1 of 8 ongoing projects in the Welfare Tech Region portfolio. 4 of these projects are targeted at the robotics market and addresses issues that could be solved by focusing on automation.

Welfare Tech Region has high expectations for ButlerBots participation in the European Robotics Forum 2012 and is excited to see what an exposure of the project can generate for the project. Welfare Tech Region is a market-driven cluster for healthcare and homecare innovation in Denmark. Welfare Tech Region drives a range of technological development projects, aimed at developing new welfare products and services that improves the efficiency and the quality of life in society. The projects are developed in collaboration with partners from the business community, research and education institutions and public authorities.

Visit Welfare Tech Region at the State of the Art Exhibition and get information on how Welfare Tech Region can help you with the development of healthcare and homecare robots, and about what other robotics projects Welfare Tech Region is currently working on.


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More than 300 robotics researchers from industry and academia, as well as entrepreneurs and public investors, are expected to discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business opportunities for European robotics. 
This year's theme of the European Robotics Forum is "European Robotics towards new horizons".

For more information, registration for the forum, and to become an exhibitor, please visit the official European Robotics Forum 2012 website at