Workshop Organizers





Astrid Weiss
ACIN, Vienna University
of Technology
Tamara Lorenz
University Munich, Technische Universität München
Ben Robins
School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire
Vanessa Evers
Department of Computer Science, University of Twente
Markus Vincze
ACIN, Vienna University
of Technology

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Ben Robins



is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science at the university of Hertfordshire, UK. Ben has qualifications and many years of work experience in two disciplines: Computer Science (since 1980) and Dance Movement Therapy (since 1992).
Ben has completed his PhD research degree in 2005 focusing on assistive technology for children with autism. His publications have won several best conference paper awards. Ben’s research, which started in 2002 in the AUROA Project and continued in the FP6/7 European projects IROMEC and ROBOSKIN, investigates the potential use of robots as therapeutic or educational tools, encouraging basic communication and social interaction skills in children with autism. In recent years Ben was program co-chair, committee member and special session organiser in several international conferences and has been an invited speaker in workshops, seminars and symposiums in various countries.