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    NAO does sport
    NAO does sport
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Britta Wrede, Sabine Oertelt-Prigione. Londa Schiebinger and Anna-Lisa Vollmer
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We, the working groups Medical Assistance Systems and Robotics in Medicine and Care, had the honor to welcome Londa Schiebinger (Stanford) and Sabine Oertelt-Prigione in our showroom! We would like to thank our guests for the interesting discussions about gender research, women in science and robots, and look forward to future discussions and collaborations!


Our paper titled "Advancing Human-Robot Collaboration: The Impact of Flexible Input Mechanisms" was accepted and will be presented at the RSS2024


Our paper titled "Decoding Engagement: The Role of Closeness Cues in Human-Robot Interactions" was accepted and will be presented at the 𝐈𝐄𝐄𝐄 𝐑𝐎-𝐌𝐀𝐍 2024! 


Together into the future: The working groups Medical Assistance Systems and Interactive Robotics in Medicine and Care welcome proWerk Bethel to their showroom

A person uses a VR headset
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On April 22, we, the Medical Assistance Systems and Interactive Robotics in Medicine and Care working groups, had the pleasure of welcoming proWerk Bethel to our “Interactive Assistance in Medicine and Care” showroom! The aim of the exchange was to promote cooperation for current and future collaboration. We also gained an insight into the everyday lives of proWerk Bethel employees, were able to exchange experiences and learn where there is a need for improvement in technological support.

proWerk Bethel, an institution dedicated to the empowerment of people with disabilities, was invited to learn about and try out various technological innovations designed to improve care services.

Highlights of the demonstration included Paro, the therapeutic seal that impresses in dementia care by promoting emotional interaction and reducing stress.

Furthermore, our advanced and accessible chatbot, which is operated on a local machine with ChatGPT technology, was a major attraction at the event. This tool was explicitly developed for use in sensitive settings and, thanks to voice input and the local version, enables use in a clinical context in which accessibility and data security play a central role.

Another featured exhibit was the Mobirobot, a NAO robot designed to engage children in physical activities within a clinical setting. It performs a range of sports exercises, incorporates regular breaks, and encourages the children to mimic its movements. In our showroom, the Mobirobot also showcased its capabilities and invited our guests to join in.

In addition, our visitors were able to test a VR headset, which is used, among other things, to experience immersive medical training environments and further develop the clinical skills of trainees.

Furthermore, the employees could test the ADHD trainer Flobi, which was developed in cooperation with the child and adolescent psychiatry department and will soon be used in a pilot project in one of the proWerk facilities.

The visit was a successful exchange of ideas for our common goal of promoting inclusion and support for disadvantaged groups in everyday life and healthcare. We look forward to future collaborations and would like to express our sincere thanks for the valuable opportunity to exchange ideas!


Flobi head without a mask
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On April 30, an article by Ludmilla Ostermann about our showroom was published on the university's website!


Showroom officially opened!

People stand in the showroom
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On February 2nd, 2024, the showroom of the working groups for medical assistance systems and interactive robotics was ceremoniously opened together with colleagues and friends.

In the showroom "interactive assistance in medicine and care" located in the premises of the Medical Faculty, high-tech assistance systems can be experienced. With changing exhibitions, commercial products as well as current research prototypes are presented.

The aim of the showroom is to get to know a wide range of different technical support systems, to be able to try them out and thus, among other things, to reduce barriers.

In the future, changing exhibits on the topics of "prevention", "everyday assistance", "rehabilitation and therapy" will be displayed. It aims to provide insights into the explainability of decision support systems and into the development of prototypes through co-design.


Prof. Dr. Anna-Lisa Vollmer and Prof. Dr. Britta Wrede gave an invited talk at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence

Invited by Prof. Yukie Nagai, head of the Cognitive Developmental Robotics Lab at Tokyo University, Anna-Lisa Vollmer and Britta Wrede presented their ongoing research to an international audience of researchers from the International Research Center for Neurointelligence. With the foundation in cognitive developmental research, their current research projects are well aligned towards providing insights and support for people with chronical diseases and need for support.

11/09/2023 - 15/09/2023

Robin Helmert and Manuel Scheibl participated in EASE Fall School

As associated members of the SFB “EASE” at Bremen University, Robin Helmert and Manuel Scheibl participated at the EASE Fall School from 11. to 15. September in Bremen. They deepened their insights in the Robot Motion Framework PyCram, the SOMA Ontology of Socio-physical Activity Models for Robots and the OpenEASE service. Special highlights were the talks by renowned international robotics researchers such as Agnieszka Wykowska, Giulio Sandini (both from IIT, Genova, Italy), Erols Sahin (Middle EAST Technical University), and Daniel Leidner (DLR).


We warmly welcome Ms Isabel Klemme to AG 16!

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