workshop on the legal, ethical and social issues regarding therapeutic and educational robotics

Workshop Proposal, Almere, The Netherlands (22-23 Oct 2015)


 Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 07.07.14 Eduard Fosch-Villaronga
Eduard Fosch Villaronga is a Ph.D. Student in the Joint International Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology Erasmus Mundus Programme ( coordinated by Università di Bologna, Italy, including different hosting universities: Università di Torino, Italy; Mykolo Romerio Universitetas, Vilnius, Lithuania; CELLS, Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany; IDT-UAB, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; and University of Pittsburgh, USA. His supervisor is Antoni Roig Batalla, a senior researcher of IDT-UAB and professor of Constitutional Law in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Eduard received his LL.B from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; he specialized in European law in a double LL.M from Université Capitole 1 Toulouse, France; and he got interested in new technologies in a MA from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He tries to bridge the gap between Law and New Technologies.His research focuses on Healthcare Service Robotics. He aims at creating new interdisciplinary principles from grounded technical knowledge to catch-up the robotics evolution. Among others, he draws attention to the sensitization of the population regarding the utilization of robots; to interdisciplinary researches; and to high Education.
Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 07.07.41 Jordi Albo-Canals
Jordi Albo-Canals is an Associate Professor and Robotics Lab. Coordinator at the Engineering School of La Salle – Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain), Robotics Director at La Salle Almere Campus (Almere, Netherlands), and Senior Researcher at Robotics Lab. of Windesheim Flevoland University (Almere, Netherlands). He is currently visiting Professor at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) – Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, US. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees from La Salle – Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain. In 2012 he was awarded with Spanish Alan Turing Award in Community Service to promote the Project: A robotic system for a cognitive rehabilitation program aimed at
children with TBI. Since 2003 he is involved with a program that links technical academic contents between University, CosmoCaixa Science Museum of Barcelona and Schools in Spain. He is teaching – Robotics & Control Systems
- Educational Robotics at MFP (High School Teacher Training Master).
- Control Systems as Director of MADR: Master in Automation, Domotics, and Robotics, – And Caring Robots at Almere Campus.His research interests include Social Robotics, Educational Robotics, Therapeutic Robotics and Service Robotics, so Caring Robots in general. Most recently he has been involved in developing robot companions for children with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and autism, as well as robot companions intended to reduce anxiety and stress for children with critical illnesses.
 Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 07.07.32 Mohamed Bouri
Dr. M. Bouri is a group leader of Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics in LSRO and lecturer of Robotics and Industrial Robotics.He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1992 and obtained his PhD degree in 1997 in Industrial Automation at INSA LYON, France. Since 1997, he is at EPFL and is mainly active in the field of robot control, automation and robot design for medical and industrial applications. He is the head of Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics group since 2005 and has strong references with the development of many industrialized robotic (Hita machine (Willemein Macodel), Delta Direct Drive (Bosch Packaging Technology), MotionMaker and WalkTrainer (Swortec), 5 Axis Polishing Delta (Unitechnnologies).His ongoing research focuses on walking assistive orthoses and rehabilitation devices for upper and lower limbs. Examples of projects in progress concern the development of dedicated haptic interfaces for hemiplegic children (HandReha); the development of lower limb flexion / extension robotized rehabilitation device (LegoPress), the “Autonomyo” a dedicated exoskeleton for subjects suffering from myopathy and the “WALKI” walking exoskeleton for Kids.