A Full Day Workshop at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Room A3, Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center, Sweden
8:10 – 17:20, Monday, 16 May, 2016
Humans can extend their physical and cognitive abilities to an unprecedented level for the future. With the use of augmentation technologies, Human 2.0 can be an order of magnitude stronger, faster, and more productive, can sense and respond to intangible cues, and can memorize and process a vast amount of information correctly and effectively, yet maintain social-emotional stability. In the current robotics research, advanced limb prosthetics, exoskeletons, and wearable extra limbs as well as neural implants and cognitive prostheses have already been developed. These devices and technologies will not only compensate for disabilities of the human, but also augment the human abilities and enhance performance in diverse tasks and functionality. Human 2.0 will have transformative impacts upon broad social and economic segments, ranging from labor productivity and safety to elderly support and demographic challenges, to medical and rehabilitation breakthroughs, and to cognitive and mental health services. This workshop explores the emerging science of human augmentation, addressing principles underlying current and future technologies for physical, cognitive, and social-emotional augmentation. We will bring together researchers and practitioners in robotics, rehabilitation, biomechanics, neurology, and cognitive sciences to display the state-of-the-art of the field and address future directions and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
H. Harry Asada, Organizer
Hugh Herr, Co-Organizer