Geriatronics Summit 2023: robotics and AI technology for supporting the care of older adults

Following the success of last year’s edition, the Geriatronics Summit 2023 successfully brought together researchers from AI and Robotics with care providers, the general public, stakeholders in the field of care for older adults, and people with lived experience of disability at the beautiful Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the district with the largest elderly population in the Free State of Bavaria, Germany. With a fantastic line-up of 16 speakers coming from the east and west coast of the US, UK, and from several countries in the EU, and about 100 participants from all over the world, the summit was the perfect venue for an enlightening and stimulating conversation and exchange of ideas about the state-of-the-art and the future directions of robotics and AI technology for supporting the care of older adults.

The main auditorium of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Congress Center received about 100 participants in two days of talks and discussions (July 2-3, 2023), including leading scientists and professors from the east and west coast of the US, UK, and Europe. The Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) organized the event together with stakeholders and project partners from Caritasverband München e.V. It addressed the challenges of supporting health, care, and well-being of older people in a safe, ethical, and trustworthy manner. On the other hand, participants discussed how robotics and AI technology could rise to address those challenges, and support caregivers, and the community surrounding the care sector. It was also great to see the engagement of the local community in Garmisch-Partenkirchen who joined in large numbers in the public discussion about the Geriatronics campus, and of course, the research community interest. In total, 21 papers were presented and four were nominated for the Garmi Best Paper Award kindly sponsored by Friends of Geriatronics e.V. Congratulations to the winners: Rafael I. Cabral Muchacho, Julius Ambros & Leon Ochtendung, Eva Theresa Jahn, Yuhe Gong!

Furthermore, we would also like to thank the invited speakers for their inspiring talks and discussions: Arash Ajoudani, Elisabeth André, Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee, Praminda Caleb-Solly, Filippo Cavallo, Sylvain Calinon, Maurice Elissen, Fanny Ficuciello, Sami Haddadin, Eva Hornecker, Manfred Hulsken-Giesler, Ruth Müller, Leila Takayama, Emmanuel Senft, Eva Swinnen, Rainer Wieching.