Call for COVID-19 Solutions Using HRI, AI and BioMed-Tech
Submission is super-easy, takes just 2 minutes.
Just write a tentative title with 2-3 sentence elevator pitch or short intro to your project and click submit”
The benefit of submission:
1. Awards of appreciation for top 5 winners.
2. ALL participants get free resources and referrals to useful tools and resources for HRI tech, startups and investor info.
3. Potential publications in peer reviewed special issue of Journal Frontier of Robotics and AI.
The participant with proof of economic needs will receive financial aids from our potential IEEE HAC funding source. Please email your information to
How to use robotics and AI approach and HRI design to help local communities to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), in cost-effective and user-friendly way? How can world-class international conference such as RO-MAN extend its impact by engaging local researchers to bridge global resource to address imperative healthcare challenges, predict, mitigate and suppress the spreading of the infectious pandemic disease?
This workshop has been successfully held in 2018 and 2019 in IEEE RO-MAN as an initiative aiming to use entrepreneurship mindset to rethink how we can create and develop HRI technologies in a more systematical and impactful way, such that the developed technologies will have immediate impact and practical applications to solve daily imperative demanding social problems. This year, we will bring this HRIpreneur (HRI + Entrepreneurship) spirit to solve the human life-threatening problems.
In the context of fighting the pandemic/epidemic disease, “open”, “distributed” and “collaborative” innovations, as the state-of-the-art terms, play key roles in solving complex global healthcare problems. Particularly, roboticists and AI researchers, medical doctors, clinicians, nurses, and patients, as well as the government and the general public have to meet together to co-innovate, co-create and design the future of human-centered, impactful solution.
We believe that engaging the young innovators from both grassroot entrepreneurial level and from academia, this workshop will be of immense value. Through creating informative lectures/keynote speeches, and “open”, “collaborative” online/onsite Make-a-Thon competition with systematically-guided mentorship, we will help local research communities, student groups, and early stage startups exchange ideas, stimulate creativity and foster entrepreneurship to build up better “HRI for Healthcare” solutions.
We hope this workshop can provide a multi-disciplinary forum where HRI researchers, Biomedical professionals, artists, designers and entrepreneurs can jointly work together, and come up with strategies to take laboratory research ideas, from benchtop to bedside, into feasible commercializable products in a shorter pathway. We especially welcome the female participants to share their point of views in terms of discovering local challenges and creative HRI/AI solutions to solve the pandemic disease challenges. We are also targeting at bridging an ecosystem of from user-centered process of inventing HRI solutions starting from understanding local real-world medication problems, and fill the gap of road to market, link between research and industry.
Students, researchers or startup companies from all over the world, with different backgrounds from engineering, medical and health professions, to art and design, who want to solve the COVID-19 problem and pandemic disease using state of the art HRI technologies and contribute to the combination of engineering approaches and humanitarian solutions.
And/or the participants who are willing to learn, co- design, and brainstorm new game-changing HRI innovations for rapidly product development and deployment in the real scenarios. We particularly welcome the people who simply just have interests to listen to our topics, think and reflect, and take back home any valuable experiences gained from our workshop.
We will curate Make-a-Thon project submissions (with extended abstract, videos and possibly physical prototypes), to let the students have the chance to showcase and pitch their innovative “HRI for Global Health Challenges” solutions to the world. Numbers of selected projects will go through a “2- stage” innovation process, including “Online innovation” and “Onsite innovation”.
During the first stage of “Online innovation” (starting from the acceptance of the project, lasting for up to 3 months), we will have a pool of domain experts, comprising invited professors, researchers, roboticists, medical doctors, designers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, to give each participated project personalized online guidance, and conduct iterative Design Thinking approach to help the participants fine-tune their ideas, identify the problems, and find the best product-market-fit to further develop pilot MVP prototypes for early stage front-line situation and market evaluations. The potential end-users will have opportunities to be involved as earlier as possible and join the “Online innovation” platform for customer discoveries and co-innovations. This “Online innovation” platform is developed for the purpose of an “Open”, “Collaborative” and “Crowd-sourced” rapid innovation environment. Under such framework, the participated projects with the same (or different) ideas, as well as the end-users, would have a perfect chance to collaborate, communicate, interchange information, or merge with each other to build up a better solution upon each other’s competitive knowledge and capabilities. .
During the “Onsite innovation” (after the 3-months “Online innovation” of development and mentorship), each project will advance to our workshop venue for onsite brainstorming of the last-mile business model and marketing strategies to become a ready-to-be-implemented healthcare product. We will have specialized dedicated hands-on session on the workshop day to co-innovate with all the teams to figure out the best “hit-the-market” strategy. After then, all the teams will compete for the final grand prizes - Best Healthcare Innovation HRI Project Award (selected by the penal judges and committees) and the Most Popular Healthcare HRI Project (voted by all the workshop attendees and audiences).
Topics of Interest:
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Submission Deadline: Aug 10, 2020 (anywhere on Earth)
Author Notification: Rolling admission (as soon as we receive your application)
Workshop Date: Aug. 31~Sep.4, 2020
The top-3 Best Healthcare Innovation HRI Project Award will be selected by penal judges and committees. And the Most Popular Healthcare HRI Project will be selected from the votes of all the workshop attendees and audiences.
We are glad to inform that we are currently in contact with the journal of Frontiers in Robotics and AI to create a Research Topic as a special issue publication linked to our workshop submissions. All the presenting projects will be invited to publish more refined work as research, position and business executive strategy papers to be included in the journal of Frontiers in Robotics and AI. We will announce more details soon!