ECCE 2010 – Delft, The Netherlands European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics ECCE 2010 Delft The Netherlands

20/07/2010

Invited speakers

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ECCE 2010 is very proud to present the following keynote speakers.

Takanori Shibata

shibata-colorTitle: Integration of Therapeutic Robot, Paro, into Welfare Systems.

Abstract

Since 1993, Paro, a baby seal robot, has been developed for two purposes: one is for as companion at home, and the other is for therapy at hospitals, elderly institutions, schools, and so on. In 2005, Paro was commercialized in Japan, and so far, more than 1,300 units have been sold there. About 70% of customers are individuals, and about 20% are institutions.
As research on international comparison of evaluation of Paro by people, we had questionnaires to visitors who interacted with Paro at exhibitions in seven countries; Japan, Korea, Sweden, UK, Italy, Brunei, and US. Most people had high evaluation value on Paro regardless of countries. However, when we analyzed the data by the principal component analysis, two different usages of Paro were observed; one was for pet, and the other was for therapy.
In Japan and Korea, people expected Paro to be a pet for them. In Sweden, Italy and UK, people expected Paro to be for therapy. In US and Brunei, people expected Paro for both types. In Japan, this result has similar tendency to the ratio of individual customers of Paro. In relationship between human and animals, there are cultural differences between Asia and Europe. For example, most Japanese people do not know nor believe animals in therapy.
In Denmark, Danish Technological Institute (DTI) have been distributing Paro only to welfare institutions and hospitals in Denmark since late 2008. So far, more than 100 welfare institutions and hospitals in Denmark have been using Paro, especially for caring elderly people with dementia. DTI plan that they will introduce 1,000 Paros to elderly institutions in Denmark by 2011.
In the US, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) certified Paro as a “medical device” in Sep. 2009. Since Dec. 2009, Paro has been officially sold in the US. So far, about 50 Paros have been used there.
I will explain details of how Paro works for therapy, especially for elderly people with dementia. Then, I will explain how Paro has been introduced in the welfare systems.

Biography

Dr. Takanori Shibata was born in ‘67 and received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from Nagoya University in ‘89, ‘91, ‘92, respectively. He was a research scientist at AIST ’93 to ’98. Concurrently, he was a research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab., MIT from ’95 to ’98, and a visiting research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab., Univ. of Zurich in ‘96. Dr. Shibata has been a senior research scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan since ’98. Concurrently, he was the Deputy Director for Information and Communication Technology Policy, Bureau of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan from ’09 to ‘10. His research interests include human-robot interaction, robot therapy, and humanitarian de-mining. He was certified as the inventor of a seal robot named Paro, the World’s Most Therapeutic Robot, by Guinness World Records in 2002. He has received many awards including the Robot of the Year by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan in 2006, the outstanding young person of the world by Junior Chamber International in 2004, and the Japanese Prime Minister’s Award in 2003.


Brenda Wiederhold

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Title: 15 years of Virtual Reality for Training and Therapy:  A Brief Review with an Emphasis on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Stress Inoculation Training .

Professor Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., MBA, BCIA is President of Virtual Reality Medical Institute (VRMI), an SME incorporated in Brussels, Belgium.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the U.S., Switzerland, and Belgium and earned a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology as well as international certification in both biofeedback and neurofeedback.  She serves as a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University in Milan, Italy and as Executive Vice-President of Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) in the U.S.  She is also a Clinical Instructor at University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Wiederhold is recognized as a world leader in the treatment of anxiety, panic, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorder with VR exposure and cognitive-behavioral therapy, objectively measuring results with physiological monitoring of heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, skin temperature, respiration, and brain activity.
Dr. Wiederhold is the founder of the international CyberTherapy Conference, now in its
15th year, Editor-in-Chief of the MedLine-indexed CyberPsychology & Behavior Journal, and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation and CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation Magazine.  She is Secretary General of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation (iACToR).
She has given invited lectures on the topic of advanced technologies and healthcare in 24 countries throughout Europe and Asia and has published more than 150 articles and twelve books on the subject.

Abstract

Groups from around the world have proven the value of adding advanced technologies as an adjunct to traditional cognitive-behavioral protocols in treating a multitude of disorders.  Originally most virtual reality applications were developed on silicon graphics work stations and cost millions of dollars.  As the power of technology has increased and costs have decreased, groups have continued to push the envelope and look at how various simulations may be ported to a variety of platforms, including mobile phones. The push to mobile platforms will allow these technologies to become more widespread and accessible, easier to disseminate to the population at large.  In addition, groups have continued to expand the list of disorders that may be treated with these technologies. Also, many groups are now adding objective physiological measures to quantify results.  This should help with acceptance of mental health treatments by more traditional medical disciplines.

A brief overview of the history of VR in therapy and training will be given, and then a more in-depth look at Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Stress Inoculation Training supplemented with VR and advanced technologies will be presented.

Biography

Professor Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., MBA, BCIA is President of Virtual Reality Medical Institute (VRMI), an SME incorporated in Brussels, Belgium.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the U.S., Switzerland, and Belgium and earned a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology as well as international certification in both biofeedback and neurofeedback.  She serves as a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University in Milan, Italy and as Executive Vice-President of Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) in the U.S.  She is also a Clinical Instructor at University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Wiederhold is recognized as a world leader in the treatment of anxiety, panic, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorder with VR exposure and cognitive-behavioral therapy, objectively measuring results with physiological monitoring of heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, skin temperature, respiration, and brain activity.

Dr. Wiederhold is the founder of the international CyberTherapy Conference, now in its 15th year, Editor-in-Chief of the MedLine-indexed CyberPsychology & Behavior Journal, and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation and CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation Magazine.  She is Secretary General of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation (iACToR).

She has given invited lectures on the topic of advanced technologies and healthcare in 24 countries throughout Europe and Asia and has published more than 150 articles and twelve books on the subject.


Panos Markopoulos

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Title: Embodiment in games: designing for children’s well being.

Abstract

This talk will present a series of design explorations into tangible and pervasive games for children. The applications explored very different types of games and form factors for the devices used, but they share the intention to support well being of children either through supporting learning, rehabilitation or simply making children more physically and socially active. The research vision driving these efforts will be described introducing the concepts of head-up games and meta-design for children’s game will be introduced.

Biography

Panos Markopoulos studied computer science in the National Technical University of Athens and human-computer interaction in Queen Mary University of London, where he also did his doctorate in formal methods in human computer interaction. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology.  His research and teaching concern interaction design and ambient intelligence. He has worked on several application domains including social games for children, persuasive technologies, connectedness between family and friends. Panos Markopoulos has co-authored a book on evaluating children’s interactive products, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2008.

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