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Presentation of a RAPP paper at the New Friends 2015 conference

Presentation of a RAPP paper at the New Friends 2015 conference

On the occasion of the New Friends 2015 event, RAPP partner’s Sofia Reppou, Research Associate at the Ormylia Foundation, will present a paper entitled “Robots and seniors: can they be friends?“.

New Friends 2015, the 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education, will take place at the Windesheim University Hospitaaldreef 5 in Almere, The Netherlands, on October 22-23.

The application of social robots in therapy and education is an emerging field as these ‘new friends’ become more sophisticated, available and affordable. In recent years there has been an enormous increase of projects in which they are used successfully for groups with special needs, like people with dementia, hospitalized children and children with autism. This increases the demand for expertise from a wide range of disciplines, like psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, AI, robotics and education to meet the technical opportunities with the development of therapeutic and educational practice. The international and multidisciplinary conference New Friends 2015 will bring together researchers, professionals, students from different disciplines of health, social welfare and education, and developers in the fields of AI social robotics, ICT and business.

Visit the New Friends 2015 conference website for more information.