Welcome to New Friends 2015

The application of social robots in therapy and education is an emerging field as these ‘new friends’ become more sophisticated, available and affordable. In recent years there has been an enormous increase of projects in which they are used successfully for groups with special needs, like people with dementia, hospitalized children and children with autism. This increases the demand for expertise from a wide range of disciplines, like psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, AI, robotics and education to meet the technical opportunities with the development of therapeutic and educational practice.

To make this happen, the international and multidisciplinary conference New Friends 2015 brings together researchers, professionals, students from different disciplines of health, social welfare and education and developers in the fields of AI social robotics, ICT and business.


The event features keynotes, oral and poster presentations, product and business demonstrations, competitions and practice oriented workshops, covering:

  • practitioners’ perspective of end users’ needs,
  • good examples of trials, practice and intervention guidelines, interdisciplinary collaboration,
  • innovations in robotics, therapy and education
  • theoretical studies and empirical research,
  • legal, ethical, philosophical and social issues.


The conference is located in the city of Almere, The Netherlands: a new city in ‘reclaimed land’, just outside of Amsterdam. A perfect location, with everything you need in walking distance, Schiphol airport at 30 minutes and Amsterdam Central Station at about 20 minutes.


We welcome contributions in the form of submitted extended abstracts, video’s, workshop proposals, demonstrations and completion proposals. Moreover we offer a wide range of customizable sponsoring opportunities, including exhibiting and advertising, official affiliation and award sponsorship.

New Friends 2015 – The 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education