About the Workshop

Increased life expectancy is an achievement of modern societies thanks to the technological progress in health, living places and quality of food. One of the consequences of an ageing society is the growing incidence of chronic diseases. This trend imposes the need for innovative approaches to assistance, including the ability of self-management, which has become an increasingly important requirement of healthcare in Europe and beyond.

Innovative interventions embedded with e-health applications are extremely important to improve the Active and Healthy Ageing of the population. Novel technological solutions should be capable of effectively merging heterogeneous and potentially conflicting requirements coming from different stakeholders bridging the gap between health needs of users and clinical and social requirements. Such a challenging objective can be achieved only through a multidisciplinary approach.

This workshop therefore aims at pushing the synergetic contribution of different research areas like, e.g., Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT), Robotics and Social Science to develop innovative and effective researches and technologies for the ageing society and assistance in general.

Workshop Organizers

  • Gabriella Cortellessa, CNR – Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (CNR-ISTC), Italy
  • Laura Fiorini, University of Florence, Italy
  • Roberta Bevilacqua, IRCCS INRCA, Italy
  • Alessandro Umbrico, CNR – Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (CNR-ISTC), Italy
  • Rainer Wieching, University of Siegen, Germany

Past Experience

ALTRUIST is currently at the first edition but organizers have already organized workshops on similar topics in previous international conferences.

Fiorini has organized two workshop at IEEE RO-MAN entitled “Internet of intelligent robotic things for healthy living and active ageing: where we are and future trends” and “AdaPtive beHavioRal mODels of robotic systems based on brain-inspired AI cogniTivE architectures (APHRODITE)” (with Cortellessa) in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Cortellessa co-organized several editions (2016-17-18-19) of the AI*AAL (Artificial Intelligence for Active Assisted Living) a series of workshop on the topic AI to support active aging held in conjunction with the AI*IA conference that received on average 10 submissions over the years and had about 25 attendees. The AI*AAL.it 2019 was specifically sponsored by the SI-Robotics project.