How the social robots can play role in the spectrum of innovative healthcare? – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics, at the Health Tech Event, on January 31, 2018, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview.
Never before in the history of robotics, social robots have been so close to us, in our society. We are ‘evolving’, so as our society, lifestyle and the needs. AI and Robotics together are converging towards creating a smarter, happier and healthier eco-system of living. The first part of the talk will reinforce that such social robots have a range of potential societal applications in healthcare and therapy, and that as a robotics industry, SoftBank Robotics’ R&D and Innovation is around the centrality of wellbeing of people. The second part will present the feedback and needs from the real users, and will highlighting some of the immediate R&D directions. The talk will conclude with some open challenges ahead, including social and ethical issues and emphasize on the greater need of a bigger and multidisciplinary effort.
About Amit Kumar Pandey
Dr. Amit Kumar Pandey is Head Principal Scientist (Chief Scientist) at SoftBank Robotics Europe, Paris, France, also serving as the scientific coordinator of collaborative projects. Earlier for 6 years he worked as researcher in Robotics and AI at LAAS-CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), France. His Ph.D. thesis (Towards Socially Intelligent Robots in Human Centered Environment), is among the best three theses in Robotics in Europe for prestigious euRobotics Georges Giralt Award. He is the principal investigator in various European Union (EU) projects. He is also the founding coordinator of Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications (SIRo-SA) Topic Group (TG) of euRobotics and the recipient of Non Residential Bihari Honour Award, 2014 for Science, Technology and Education, one of the highest level civilian honors, awarded by the state of Bihar, India.
We believe in a future where humanoid robots will assist humans in their day-to-day lives, in their family lives, in their leisure activities and in their work.
Our goal right from the beginning has been to make robots accessible to everyone, the aim being that they will become our daily companions.
Leader in the humanoid robotics market, we offer robots who assist professionals from the worlds of education, research, health, distribution and tourism, as well as helping families and private individuals.
We designed our first robot, NAO, in 2006. As a prime example of this amazing pioneering adventure, almost 9,000 NAOs are currently in use throughout the world, with particular success in the fields of research and education.
In 2009, we launched the ROMEO project in collaboration with research laboratories and institutions, with the goal of intensifying our research into assistance aimed at people facing a loss of autonomy.
We launched in 2014 the first personal emotional robot: Pepper.
SoftBank Robotics (SoftBank Group) currently represents more than 500 employees, with offices in France, Japan, United States and China.
Our ambition was fulfilled this year when Pepper was made available to Japanese consumers.
About Health Tech Event
Technology is quickly transforming the world of health care. On January 31, 2018, the 7th edition of the Health Tech Event at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands will bring together the brightest minds from within the field to inspire and enlighten you about the latest trends and developments in health technology.
The conference will focus on robotics and related medical technology – topics ranging from social robots to robotised surgery and solutions to transfer cure and care from the hospital to the home.
The Health Tech Event takes place at the same location as the 3D Medical Conference & Expo – Jan 30-31, 2018. The 3D Medical Conference is focused on 3D bioprinting, 3D Dental Printing, 3D Pharmaceutical Printing, Medical applications with Virtual Reality & more.
Who should attend?
Although everyone is welcome, the conference is mainly addressed to:
- Hospital management
- Hospital Innovation managers
- Health tech manufacturers and designers
- Companies (SMEs, large companies, university spin-outs) active in healthcare robotics & photonics
- Medical insurance companies
- Regulatory institutions
- Service providers
- Research organisations
For more information about the conference and registration, we invite you to visit the conference website https://www.healthtechevent.com/