Malta – La Valetta

“LUDI Reached the Turning-Point: First Results and Next Developments”

Agenda of the Meeting

October the 17th, 2016

Venue: Old University Campus

Plenary session. Assistive Technologies and Robotics to Support the Play of Children with Disabilities

8.30. Welcome and greetings to participants by representatives of the Country

  • Hon. Justyn Caruana MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging
  • Mr. Oliver Scicluna, Chairman of the National Commission for Persons with a Disability (NCPD)
  • Ms. Veronica Montanaro, Speech and Language Pathologist and Ms. Maria Mizzi, Occupational Therapist
  • Prof. Janet Mifsud, Local COST Point
  • Dr. Melchior Cini, Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)

9.15. LUDI: the Project and the State of the Art of the WGs Activities

10.15. Serenella Besio, Chair of the COST Action LUDI. Sharing Knowledge and Connecting Fields: Next Steps in LUDI

10.30. Al Cook, PhD, Professor emeritus, Department of Communication, Sciences and Disorders, University of Alberta, Edmonton (AB), Canada. Kids, Robots and Play – Pulling the Pieces Together

11.45. Ben Robins, Senior Research Fellow, Adaptive Systems Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK. Robots as Therapeutic Toys: Encouraging Communication and Social Interaction Skills in Children with Autism Through Play

12.45. Lucy Mason, Children’s Rights Activist, Advocate and Researcher; Representative of the LUDI Advisory Board. The Importance of Participation

14.45. Discussion with the invited experts

15.45. LUDI Working Groups session

18.00. Closing the first day

October the 18th, 2016

Venue: Old University Campus

8.45. Ms. Anthea Fabri, Deputy Director, Horizon 2020 Unit, Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and Ms. Denise Bartolo, National Contact Point for Social Sciences. EU Calls and Other Funding Opportunities for Further Research in the Areas of LUDI

9.45. LUDI Working Groups session

14.30. Reports of the Working Groups Meetings. Moderator: Andrea Bonarini, WG2 Vice-Leader

15.15. Pedro Encarnação, LUDI Vice-Chair. Closing the Conference

15.30. Free sub-meetings and discussions among members: agreements on new STSMs, planning of research projects, new contacts to establish, ideas to develop, and so on

16.30. LUDI Action Management Committee Meeting

18.00. End of the works of the Action Meeting