Workshop on The Mechanization of Empathy in Health Care

January 24, 2009 (Saturday) Place: #251 Keigakukan Building , Ritsumeikan University

*Workshop on The Mechanization of Empathy in Health Care

[Content of This Workshop]
The idea is that of a short (one day) workshop on the topic of the transformation of empathy, that is to say, the transformation of the social and affective relations of patients with doctors, health care workers and other people at large through the introduction of new technology. The workshop would be a closed workshop -with participants on invitation only-divided into two sections occupying half a day, each section having at the most three speakers to allow for a maximum of discussion time. The language of the workshop would be English. One section would be dedicated to the effect of technological innovation on the life of patients, especially those with terminal or chronic diseases. The other would bear on artificial empathy in the form of robots designed and used in therapeutic situations.

1 Technology and empathy in health care
Dr. Stefano Tomelleri, member of the research center on Human Sciences, Health and Diseases of the University of Bergamo (Italy) where he teaches both sociology and psychology. His domain of research has been on the influence of technology in intensive care services. In particular his articles "What if it were a kind of illusion? Significant Narratives of intensive care medical practices in Italy" and "The Action and Impact of technology in end of life decisions" (both in Italian).

Sergio Manghi is professor of sociology of cultural dynamics and communication at the University of Parma (Italy). He is also member of the Human Sciences, Health and Diseases research center of the University of Bergamo. His research has centered on the dynamics of patient doctor relationship in the context of the broader social relationship of both. Of particular importance is this is respect is his 2005 book The doctor, the patient and the other. An inquiry on communicative interaction in medical practice published by Franco Angeli (in Italian).

2 Artificial empathy: robots and therapy
Maja J. Mataric, Professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience as well as Director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems of the University of Southern California (USA). Her research has focused on the development of assistive human-robot interaction, that is to say helping people through social interaction involving technology assisted intervention methods that use intelligent human-robot interaction. In particular her research team has developed and tested robot playmates for autistic children. The research carried out by her multi-disciplinary research team combines resources of neuroscience, cognitive science, social sciences, health sciences and education.

Dr. Takanori Shibata of Japan's Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology. Dr. Shibata is the inventor of PARO a mental commit robot for psychological enrichment. PARO is the world's most widely used therapeutic robot especially to assist therapy of children in hospital. Extensive information on PARO can be found at either http://paro.jp/english (in English) or http://paro.jp/index.html Japanese).

3 Report from Ars Vivendi
Dr. Yoshitaro Hotta (Postdoctoral fellow, JSPS)
Dr. Yoko Matsubara(Professor, Ritsumeikan University)

Date: January 24, 2009 (Saturday)
Place: #251 Keigakukan Building , Ritsumeikan University
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Entrance Fee:Free of Charge

Schedule of Workshop
9:30 - 9:55 Speaker 1 (Professor Mataric: Using Power Point File & Video)
9:55 -10:15 Q&A over Telephone
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10:15 -10:40 Speaker 2 (Dr. Takanori Shibata)
10:40 -11:00 Break
11:00 -11:25 Speaker 3 (Dr. Tomelleri)
11:25 -11:50 Speaker 4 (Professor Manghi)
11:50 -14:00 Lunch
14:00 -14:10 Speaker 5 (Dr. Matsubara)
14:10 -14:30 Speaker 6 (Dr. Hotta)
14:30 -14:40 Break
14:40 -16:30 Discussion

1. Dr. Stefano Tomelleri, the University of Bergamo (Italy)
2. Professor Sergio Manghi, University of Parma (Italy)
3. Professor Maja J. Mataric, the University of Southern California
4. Dr. Takanori Shibata, Japan's Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology
5. Dr.Yoshitaro Hotta(PD, JSPS)
6. Dr.Yoko Matsubara(Professor, Ritsumeikan University)

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