[CogSci] CFP: Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Cognitive Agents and Humanoid Robots in Healthcare

Antonio Lieto lieto.antonio at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 08:29:12 PDT 2021

[Apologies for multiple postings of this announcement]

---------------- CALL FOR PAPERS----------------

About this Research Topic:

Healthcare systems are overburdened by lack of personnel, budget
constraints, emergency, exceptional events, and age-related chronic
diseases. The innovation of health services, infrastructures, and processes
are compelling, as even more manifested by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
>From this perspective, AI methods and techniques are required (and
expected) to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and the quality of
healthcare systems and their processes. Existing challenges are both in
terms of healthcare and also economic.

Cognitive agents (e.g. digital assistants, cognitive twins, chatbots etc.),
autonomous agents and humanoid robots are among the most impacting research
fields in artificial intelligence, which have proven to be essential for
the digitalization of healthcare. For example, robots are increasingly
required to play an active role in helping the patients and the medical
doctors in the execution of rehabilitation and the explanation of therapy
protocols. Similarly, cognitive agents are asked to assist the patients in
doing cognitive exercises, checking their health-related pathology status
and eventually alerting the doctors when some problematic issues should
eventually emerge by providing a preliminary diagnosis of the patient
status. Specific topics such as aging, active living, chronic diseases, or
others related to the quality of life play an increasingly important role
in this research field.

This Research Topic calls for research discussing techniques, problems,
challenges, and applications of cognitive agents and robotics in healthcare

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Clinical agent-based decision- support systems, including recommender
• Conversational agents and personal digital assistants for patient
• Human-robot interaction in healthcare
• Artificial Companions for elderly people
• Humanoid Robots and Cognitive Assistants for COVID-19
• Autonomous and remote care delivery
• Responsible and ethical AI in healthcare: agents models and architectures
• Responsible and ethical AI in healthcare: agent-based simulations and
• Cognitive agents and robots for interpretability and explainability
• Trust, security, and privacy in human-centered healthcare intelligent
• Autonomous health monitoring and assistance
• Robotic, autonomous systems for healthcare
• Intelligent detection of health issues
• Architectures for healthcare systems

Keywords: cognitive agents, autonomous systems, healthcare, humanoids,
human-robot interaction

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the
scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in
their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an
out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage
of peer review.


11 June 2021 Abstract submission
08 October 2021 Manuscript submission


All papers must present original and unpublished work that is not
currently under review. Papers will be evaluated according to their
significance, originality, technical content and relevance to the research
You can submit your paper at this link:


Valeria Seidita, University of  Palermo, Italy
Rafael H. Bordini, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil
Roberta Calegari, University of Bologna, Italy
Antonio Lieto, University of Torino and ICAR-CNR, Italy
Amy Loutfi, Örebro University, Sweden

Antonio Lieto, Ph.D
Tenure-track Researcher (RTD-B)  in Computer Science
University of Turin, Department of Computer Science, Italy
ICAR-CNR, Palermo, Italy
Home: http://www.di.unito.it/~lieto/
ACM Distinguished Speaker: https://speakers.acm.org/speakers/lieto_12489

Vice-President of the Italian Association of Cognitive Science
Deputy Editor in Chief of JETAI (Journal of Exp. & Theor. Artif. Intell.,

Associate Editor of Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier)

Author of "Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds" (2021), Routledge, Taylor
& Francis.
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