ICAR 2021W

ICRA 2021 Workshop on

No-Touch Care for Worker Safety During Pandemic Response


Workshop register is open now!                                 Check out the updated schedule

Search and Rescue Robots

Full-day workshop June 4th at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021).

** Multi-National Public/Private Panel on Covid Robotics and Related Funding **

We have an exciting international panel for the funding of robotics and medical technologies related to global pandemics. Our multi-national experts include members from Europe, Israel, and the United States, and cover civilian funding agencies, medical funding agencies, pandemic planners and venture capitalists. Join us for a discussion of recent and future funding opportunities for the practice of medical and pandemic-related measures for protecting essential workers.


Cecile Huet, Deputy Head, Robotics and AI, European Commission
Erion Plaku, Program Director, US National Science Foundation
Moria Bittmann, Program Director, US National Institutes of Health
Itamar Netzer, Sub-District Director in Clalit HMO, Israel
Errol Arkilic, Founder & CEO, M34 Capital

** Multi-National Public/Private Panel on Covid Robotics and Related Funding **

Workshop Description

This workshop brings together roboticists, technologists, medical professionals, and government strategists to explore lessons learned in recent deployments in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and to provide a blueprint for the assistance and protection of essential employees in future pandemics. The topics of discussion include,

Remote operation of robots in healthcare/retail/logistics applications can be accomplished through teleoperation or autonomous control. However, large scale applicability of these assistive robots is challenging with respect to continuous operations, reliability, and risk/welfare for humans in comparison to the costs. Therefore, in this workshop, we aim to offer a forum to discuss the recent advances of healthcare robots for "no-touch care" during pandemics, as well as to discuss the opportunities and critical challenges in this field.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom.

Register for the meeting!

Registration is required to obtain the meeting link. Registration is open now and will remain open through the duration of the workshop.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting. Please note that the workshop begins at 9:00 am US EDT on June 4, but the Zoom meeting opens 30 minutes before the official start.


Monday, June 4, 2021; 9:00 am to 4:40 pm US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00)

Important Dates
March 31, 2021 Notice of Intent (not required, but encouraged)
April 15, 2021 April 30, 2021 Submission of papers
May 10, 2021 Notification of Acceptance
May 25, 2021 Camera-Ready Papers
June 4, 2021 Workshop Date and Time


Robotics for Infectious Diseases is a series of webinars held for the National Robotics Week, given the background of COVID-19 outbreak. Checkout the Youtube Channel for updates.


Richard Voyles Affiliation: Purdue University

Robin Murphy Affiliation: Texas A&M University

Gangtie Zheng Affiliation: Tsinghua University

Bradley Nelson Affiliation: ETH Zurich

Xin Ma Affiliation: Chinese University of Hong Kong

E-mail: ICRA21NoTouchCare@gmail.com

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