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Pediatric Robotics: A Journey from the Lab to a Child’s Home

3:00pm - 4:00pm Tuesday, February 12
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


It is estimated 15% of children aged 3 through 17 born in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities, including impairment in their physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These impairments may impact a child’s day-to-day functioning and typically last as they mature into adults. For many of these children, proper early intervention is provided as a mechanism to support the child’s academic, developmental, and functional goals. With the recent advances in robotics and AI, early intervention protocols using robots is now ideally positioned to make an impact in this domain. In this presentation, the presenter will discuss the role of robotics for pediatric therapy and highlight methods that bring us closer to this goal. The presenter shares a first look at how robots and AI can change the texture of our day-to-day experiences through examples focused on robots interacting with humans that can enable a healthier, less stressful equality of life, now and in the future.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the role of robotics and related technologies for pediatric therapy
  • Illustrate challenges to enable successful interaction between patients, clinicians, and robots
  • Describe technologies to address real-life therapy goals for children with special needs
  • Evaluate methods for improving the rehabilitation outcomes of children
  • Discuss artificial intelligence methods to endow robots with the ability to playfully interact with the child


Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor,
Georgia Institute of Technology
Vice President, HealthShare Platforms,
Intersystems Corporation





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