I-RIM Working Group on Assistive Robotics


I-RIM Working Group on Assistive Robotics


Prof.ssa Laura Giarrè, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Ingegneria "Enzo Ferrari"
Prof. Aime' Lay-Ekuakille - Università del Salento, Dipartimento d'Ingegneria dell'Innovazione
Dr. Andrea Orlandini, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione


Assistive robots usually perform social or physical assistive tasks for increasing the well-being of a person with special needs like, e.g., a (temporary/permanent) physical or cognitive disability, a chronical (age-related) health condition or some specific illness. Usually, an assistive task is embedded in the context of normal human activities of daily living (ADLs) and robots can perform it that otherwise has to be performed by an attendant/caregiver. The user with special needs (and also a caregiver) interacts and controls the functioning of the robot.

The recent advances in technology fostered the development of many robotic solutions capable of implementing many assistive tasks addressing a variety of needs while fulfilling safety and caring requirements. At the same time, assistive scenarios are requiring robots to realize complex and often very specialized skills, to work in highly sensorized environments, to exhibit advanced cognitive and autonomy functions, understand human factors and personalize their behaviors to different users and contexts. In this area, research is still at an early stage and many possible developments are going to happen.

The I-RIM working group on Assistive Robotics is aimed at providing a virtual forum where researchers and practitioners from the Italian assistive robotics community can openly discuss relevant issues, research and development progress, future directions and open challenges. The group woud give the opportunity to show the outstanding results and disseminate the activities performed by universities, research centers and companies. It is also a means to connect people coming from different research fields and foster the creation of new possible synergies leading to scientific collaborations, new project proposals, cultural exchanges, etc. 

Research Community
- Gloria Beraldo, ISTC-CNR
- Filippo Cavallo, Università di Firenze
Gabriella Cortellessa, ISTC-CNR
- Riccardo De Benedictis, ISTC-CNR
- Laura Fiorini, Università di Firenze
- Laura Giarrè, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Aime' Lay-Ekuakille - Università del Salento
- Emanuele Menegatti, Università di Padova
- Silvia Rossi, Università di Napoli "Federico II"
- Antonio Sgorbissa, Università di Genova
- Mariacarla Staffa, Università di Napoli "Parthenope"
- Alessandro Umbrico, ISTC-CNR

Per essere inclusi, scrivere a Andrea Orlandini.

- 1st Workshop on Applications and Challenges for Assistive Robotics @ I-RIM 3D 2022