The future of Robotics for rehabilitation and personal assistance

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are considered the enabling technologies for the upcoming fourth industrial revolution.
Despite they are not new, they are indeed receiving increased attention because of their recent progresses that make it possible to develop new process automation in industrial robotics and new robots for rehabilitation, personal assistance and entertainment.
There are two aspects that are interesting in the innovation wave that is going across robotics: collaborative (and wearable) robots and social robots for entertainment and cognitive engagement with humans.
The common root and the novel part are related to the proximity between the robot and the operator and to the opportunity of using machine learning to automate some decisions of the robot in achieving its mission. That does not mean to replace the therapist or the doctor in delivering or supervising the therapies but to assist them to overcome limitations and improve the quality of the care for the benefit of the patient.
In developing robots for performing activities in close contact to human subjects it is important to give priority to safety and security of humans, and thus the design goals are different compared to traditional service or industrial robots that are intended for professional use in tasks mainly teleoperated by human experts, that are purposely trained, and located remotely with respect to the workspace of the robot.
In addition to safety, the second fundamental characteristics is the cognitive relationship that must be created between the robot and the human subject, i.e. the robot can work well and satisfactorily for the human subjects if it is incorporated in their sensory-motor scheme and is sentient in respecting the intention of the user while performing the task. In order to provide the desired requirements of safety and natural controllability of the robot it is crucial to rely on appropriate and adequate actuation, sensing and control capabilities of the robot.
The lecture will introduce and present the main scientific challenges related to the development of robots for rehabilitation and personal assistance and the interdisciplinary methodologies needed to approach the problems.


  • Andrea Corvi, President, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Benedetto Allotta, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Pietro Caliandro, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico Gemelli, Roma
  • Isabella Campanini, AUSL Reggio Emilia
  • Federico Carpi, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Stefano Cavazza, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Ferrara
  • Ugo Della Croce, Università degli Studi di Sassari
  • Silvia Fantozzi, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Maurizio Ferrarin, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milano
  • Claudio Macchi, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Firenze
  • Antonio Nardone, IRCCS Fondazione Maugeri, Pavia
  • Francesco Saverio Pavone, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Dante Ronca, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
  • Taian Vieira, Politecnico di Torino
  • Giuseppe Vannozzi, Università degli Studi di Roma “Foro Italico”


  • Federica Vannetti, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
  • Francesco Esposito, Fondazione In Cammino, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Laura Fabbri, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
  • Filippo Gerli, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
  • Marco Freddolini, Fondazione In Cammino, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Sara Matteoli, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Silvia Pancani, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
  • Guido Pasquini, IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi


  • March 2018: Call for Abstracts and Opening of Registrations
  • May, 15th 2018: Deadline for Abstract Submission
  • May, 31st 2018: New Deadline for Abstracts Submission!
  • June 30th 2018: Abstracts Acceptance Deadline
  • July 5th 2018New abstracts acceptance deadline!
  • July, 31th 2018: Deadline for Early Bird Registration
  • September, 21st 2018: Deadline for Registration
  • September, 26th 2018: NEW DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION


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