Pre-conference Workshop: Robotics in Nursing
Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, Basel, Switzerland

Program July 7, 2020


  • To provide an overview of the current state of science on robotics in nursing.
  • To showcase examples of practical applications of robotics in nursing in Swiss health care and beyond.
  • To discuss 2 robotics solutions (i.e. a social assistive robot & a rehabilitation robot) from different perspectives (e.g. end user perspective (i.e. older persons / caregiver, ethics, legal and business)
  • To discuss research priorities for robotics in nursing


Workshop Robotics in Nursing
Time Topic Presenters
09.00-09.10 Welcome & Introduction Oliver Mauthner, PhD

Elderly care in times of the 4th industrial revolution: Are robots the future?

70’ + 20’

Sabina De Geest, PhD, RN
Institute of Nursing Science, Department Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel (Switzerland) & KU Leuven Belgium)
10:40-11:00 Coffee break
11:00‐11:30 Practical applications of robotics in nursing in Swiss health care and beyond
20’ + 10 ‘
Sandie Engberg, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
11:30‐12:00 Ethics of social assistive robots
20’ + 10’
Tijs Vanmeulebroucke, PhD KU Leuven (Belgium)
12:00‐12:20 Legal aspects of robotics in nursing
15’ + 5’
12:20‐12:40 Is there a business case for robotics in nursing?
15’ + 5
Alexander Thys, MD, Haute Ecoloe de Commerce, Paris (France)
12:40‐14:00 Lunch break
14:00‐15:40 Group work: Sandie Engberg, PhD, RN
Oliver Mauthner, PhD, RN Sabina De Geest, PhD, RN
14:00‐14:10 Short presentations of social assistive robot & rehabilitation robot (videos) Oliver Mauthner, PhD, RN NN
14:10‐15:10 Social Assistive Robot Group work 1
14:10‐15:10 Rehabilitation Robot Group work 2
15:10‐15:40 Groups report back key points of their discussion  
15:40 Coffee break
15:40‐16:40 Round table discussion on the research priorities on robotics in nursing All presenters of the day including older persons
Moderation by
Oliver Mauther, PhD, RN
16:40‐17:00 Conclusions Sabina De Geest, PhD, RN