The Healthcare Robotics Opportunity Landscape: Where Are We, Where Are We Going
Corey Ryan, Director of Medical Robotics, North America | KUKA Robotics
While the role of robotics in healthcare has been fairly well established over the last few decades, recent advancements in technology and social acceptance of collaborative applications has accelerated the development of new medical uses and adoption. Now, robots are supporting a wide variety of healthcare applications ranging from rehabilitation to surgery and on to cancer treatments. In fact, in some segments of the healthcare industry, lacking a robotic system could is a competitive disadvantage. But what does the today’s opportunity landscape look like for this industry? And how will it change with the current health crisis?
This presentation will examine the modern state of healthcare robotics, including the different technologies and current cultural drivers that are pushing for wider adoption. The speaker will draw on his experiences in the industry to provide the audience with both a detailed history of how robots have supported medical applications over the years, and how he envision the sector evolving over time. Attendees will be provided with actionable advice they can use to identify opportunities in the healthcare robotics space, and how to prepare for the coming years.
Developing Robots That Can Promote Social-Emotional Learning in Children
Paolo Pirjanian, CEO | Embodied
In this engaging presentation, Paolo Pirjanian, CEO at Embodied, will discuss how the relationship between humans and machines is evolving, including how robots and robotic technology can be applied for social good. Specifically, he will review the development of Moxie, a companion for children designed to help promote social, emotional, and cognitive development through everyday play-based learning and content. He will describe how machine learning was employed to so that Moxie platform could perceive, process and respond to natural conversation, eye contact, and facial expressions, as well as recognize and recall people, places, and things. He will also highlight how this sensory input can be used to help children learn and safely practice essential life skills such as turn taking, eye contact, emotion regulation, relationship management, and problem solving.
Partnering with Engineering Services Providers For Healthcare Robotics Solutions
Panel Leader: Dan Kara, Vice President, Robotics | WTWH Media LLC
Engineering services providers play a critical role in the design, development and manufacture of many classes of healthcare robotics solutions. The services they provide range from the short term and tactical, to longer client engagements requiring deep domain expertise and end-to-end solutions involving co-innovation and shared financial risk. In this panel session, attendees will learn about the wide variety of services offerings that are available for creating and manufacturing healthcare robotics technologies and products, as well as provider selection criteria, business models and service agreement options. Case studies will be used to highlight critical points.
Designing Healthcare Robotics Solutions for Usability, Safety, and Compliance
Panel Leader: Steve Crowe, Editor | The Robot Report
The development of commercial class healthcare robotics solutions demands expertise in multiple disciplines – specifically software, mechanical and electrical engineering. The strict operational requirements for healthcare solutions adds additional burdens for the robotics developer. Yet even if these obstacles are overcome, many other significant, often unrecognized, challenges emerge related to regulatory compliance, usability of the final engineered product, as well as healthcare provider and patient safety when robotics systems are employed. In this panel session, representatives from companies that design, engineer and sell healthcare robotics products for various markets will review standards, techniques and methodologies that assure compliance, optimize usability, and maximize safety of healthcare robotics solutions.