Robots & Heros: A diabetes camp in the Netherlands with robot buddy
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T1DM is a chronic disease that sets high demands on self-management in childhood to prevent health problems in short-term (hypo or hyper) and in long-term (e.g., arteriosclerosis) [1-2]. Self-management requires motivation and perseverance.

PAL (Personal Assistant for Healthy Lifestyle) is a 4-year European Horizon 2020 project. It develops and researches a social robot (i.e., the NAO, a humanoid, embodied and interactive agent), its avatar (in an app), an authoring tool for healthcare professionals (PAL Control) and an information system for parents (PAL Inform) (www.pal4u.eu). PAL aims at assisting the child (7-14 years old), health care professional and parent, to jointly perform diabetes management, whereby the child learns to be more self-reliant before adolescence. This is situated in different daily contexts for children with T1DM, such as at home, in hospitals, and at diabetes camps in the Netherlands and Italy.

During a three day diabetes camp organised this autumn in the Netherlands, children (8-12y) interact with the PAL system (robot, avatar and edutainment apps). Also, through creative methods (e.g., theatre, drawing, story telling), they are surveyed on 1) their needs for diabetes self-management support and 2) how the PAL system could further support them in their diabetes .management. Lessons learned during the camp are used to further improve the PAL system for fun, useful and long-term support for T1DM in children.

The project involves research partners TNO (coordinator), DFKI, FCSR, Imperial and Delft University of Technology, next to end-users, the hospitals Gelderse Vallei and Meander, and the Diabetes Association Netherlands and Ital, and SME’s Mixel and Produxi.

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Researchers, health care professionals, developers (HCI, robotics), parents with children with diabetes
 
TNO
Dr. Olivier Blanson Henkemans
olivier.blansonhenkemans@tno.nl
0031888666186
 
Wolfskuil Ommen
Wolfskuil 15
7731AP Ommen
Netherlands
 
Robot-Assisted Disaster Response Technology Day (TRADR project)
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TRADR is a European Project developing and deploying technology for human-robot teaming for robot-assisted disaster response. It is on the forefront of such efforts in Europe. The Technology Day will show our achievements and share insights gained during the 4 years of the project, including our experience from the TRADR deployment in Amatrice, Italy, shortly after the earthquake in 2016, as well as the industrial use case experiments carried out in 2016 in Dortmund and in 2017 in Rotterdam. The program will consist of presentations and posters of TRADR scientific results and end-user experience with using robots, practical demonstration of the TRADR integrated system and a panel discussion. The participants will have an opportunity to make contacts with experts within and outside the TRADR project.

Target audience
Industry, end-users (e.g., firebrigades and other disaster responders), academia, general public.
 
TRADR Project: Gezamenlijke Brandweer
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova
technologyday@dfki.de
 
Rotterdam
RDM Congrescentrum, Heijplaatstraat RDM Congrescentrum, Heijplaatstraat 17-23, 3089 JB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
3089 JB Rotterdam
Netherlands
 
Robotics Technology Symposium
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Professors Maarten Steinbuch, Eldert van Henten (WUR) and Stefano Stramigioli (UT) will be providing keynotes at the TU/e Robotics Technology Symposium held at the 30th of November.

Checkout the full program and registration at www.tue.nl/rts2017

This symposium is organized by the TU/e High Tech System Center, the connecting element in creating cross-disciplinary high tech research projects.

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Industry
 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Jesse Scholtes
j.scholtes@tue.nl
0031402478832
 
TNO building, Eindhoven Campus
De Zaale
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Netherlands
 
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