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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robot-Mediated Behavioral Intervention

Momotaz Begum-3
We are pleased to announce the First Interdisciplinary Workshop on  
Robot-Mediated Behavioral Intervention (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.rmbiworkshop.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=qG-v4I_yHcaF63no57qffOnyEZnno2CG-Oc7xiJeHgk&s=mN2mc0Nyrh-tk46Ax6CMDBuADVvo91p2lUs892Bts_Q&e= )  
to be held on
September 23, 2017 at UMASS Lowell’s New England Robot Evaluation and  
Validation Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

=========  CALL FOR PARTICIPATION =====================

First Interdisciplinary Workshop on
Robot-Mediated Behavior Intervention Announced
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.rmbiworkshop.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=qG-v4I_yHcaF63no57qffOnyEZnno2CG-Oc7xiJeHgk&s=mN2mc0Nyrh-tk46Ax6CMDBuADVvo91p2lUs892Bts_Q&e= )
Clinical researchers in autism and robotics researchers to share  
research findings
and discuss advancements in the use of social robots in autism therapies

Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Dallas, Texas – August 2, 2017 – The  
organizers of the First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robotic-Mediated  
Behavior Intervention today announced that a workshop focused on  
robots and autism will be held on September 23, 2017 at UMASS Lowell’s  
New England Robot Evaluation and Validation Center in Lowell,  
Massachusetts. Autism incidence rates in the US have risen sharply  
over the years and the Center for Disease Control estimates that it  
now affects 1 in 68 children. The themes of this workshop are:  
Creating a common cause for identifying ever better fact-based tools,  
strategies, and methodologies to establish robot-mediated intervention  
as an effective EBP in autism and discussing research challenges in  
the design and development of robot hardware and software (algorithm,  
language, interface) that are needed to be addressed to enable  
seamless integration of robots in existing clinical practice in autism.

Invited speakers presenting at the workshop will include: Dr. Shelley  
Margow, clinical director of Children's Therapy Works; Dr. Stephanie  
Walsh Matthews, Associate Professor Department of Languages,  
Literatures, and Cultures, Ryerson University; Dr. Pamela R. Rollins,  
Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders program within the  
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at  
Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders; Matthew Goodwin,  
Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Bouve College of  
Health Services, College of Computer & Information Science, Department  
of Health Sciences; Richard Margolin, the Founder and Chief Technology  
Officer of RoboKind, developer of some of the world’s most  
recognizable facially expressive and socially interactive robots.

The organizers include Momotaz Begum, Assistant Professor in Computer  
Science, University of New Hampshire, Michael Radice, Chairman,  
Technology Advisory Board, ChartaCloud | ROBOTTECA, Dr. Greg Firn, CEO  
RoboKind and Richard Margolin, the Founder and Chief Technology  
Officer of RoboKind.

The Organizers further stated that with hundreds of social robots  
already serving as a tool in autism therapies we believe that by  
working together to organize this workshop we could make a positive  
impact and advance the work of robotics researchers and developers  
(both in academia and industries), clinical researchers in autism,  
special education teachers, therapists, parents and family members of  
autistic children. Robokind provides the Milo robot and ChartaCloud  
provides the NAO robot from Softbank Robotics, two of the most popular  
robots being used in autism research and mediated intervention.

About ChartaCloud
ChartaCloud | ROBOTTECA is a business unit of ChartaCloud Robotics  
LLC. Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ROBOTTECA specializes in  
sales, support, service, and deployment for the NAO robot, a product  
of SoftBank Robotics and NAO robot behavior software for autism  
therapy engagement, health care, senior living, STEM education,  
library makerspace programs, retail, hospitality and trade show and  
event use cases. Additional information may be found at:  
About Robokind
RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create  
cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working with experts  
in the autism community and school systems around the world, RoboKind  
has developed two products, Robots4Autism and Robots4STEM, to give  
children opportunities to realize their potential and pursue their  
passions for all things tech related. Robots4Autism combines the power  
and engagement of advanced social robotics with a comprehensive  
curriculum to effectively teach social and emotional behavior and  
communication skills to students with autism. The Robots4Autism  
curriculum is delivered via Milo, a humanoid robot who engages  
students with ASD at rates as high as 87% versus only 3% with a human  
therapist or teacher. The combination creates powerful learning  
outcomes and structured generalization of skills. Visit  
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robokind.com_to&d=DwIFaQ&c=yHlS04HhBraes5BQ9ueu5zKhE7rtNXt_d012z2PA6ws&r=iidgrtW3g6U41mT4sZda8_CL_vu1fAuBM8qoDTGy7fe0u--Fg9BWse5HZffd4ctw&m=lPUEhBCjrfqHHo8QgYf53xOI7cNygX_u2N4QCAC3wcw&s=J8ioSBF-gN-HfqY5OLMyqHotyVfYURMlC4XMtJ-TCP0&e=  learn  


Momotaz Begum
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
University of New Hampshire
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