Paul has studied communication engineering at Vienna Univ. of Technology and holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree. Since 1993 Paul has been working in national and EU-funded R&D projects in the area of rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL).

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My main interest is to develop new assistive solutions together with users and to apply innovative prototype systems in real life settings in order to explore the actual impact and benefit.

Upcoming publications
  • G. Fazekas, T. Pilissy, A. Toth, A. Sobjak, R. Rosenthal, T. Luftenegger, P. Panek, P. Mayer (2017) Assessing technical difficulties and their potential assistive solutions in toilet use of elderlies and people with disabilities, accepted as oral presentation, 14th Congress of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation (EFRR), 24-27 May 2017, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • P. Panek, G. Fazekas, T. Lueftenegger, P. Mayer, T. Pilissy, M. Raffaelli, A. Rist, R. Rosenthal, A. Savanovic, A. Sobjak, F. Sonntag, A. Toth, B. Unger (2017) On the Prototyping of an ICT-Enhanced Toilet System for Assisting Older Persons Living Independently and Safely at Home, accepted for eHealth, 23-24 May 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • P. Mayer, P. Panek (2017) Involving Older and Vulnerable Persons in the Design Process of an Enhanced Toilet System, accepted for ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), Denver, Colorado, May 6-11, 2017.
  • T. Lüftenegger, P. Mayer, R. Rosenthal, F. Sonntag, P. Panek (2017) Partizipative Entwicklung einer assistierenden Toilette für ältere Menschen, to be presented at 12. Gemeinsamer Österreichisch-Deutscher Geriatriekongress, 20-22 April 2017.
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer (2017) Initial Interaction Concept for a Robotic Toilet System, Proc. of ACM/IEEE 12th Intern Conf on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2017), March 6-9 2017, pp.249-250.
Selected publications
  • P. Mayer, P. Panek (2016) Sollten Assistenzroboter eine „Persönlichkeit“ haben? Potenzial simplifizierter Roboterpersönlichkeiten [Should assistive robots have a “personality”? Potential of simplified robot personalities], Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, June 2016, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 298–302, DOI: 10.1007/s00391-016-1068-3
  • M. Rauhala, P. Panek, K. Werner, W. Fuchs (2016) Ethical and Legal Aspects of an AAL System Supporting Night Care in Residential Care, in: R. Wichert and H. Klausing (eds.), Ambient Assisted Living, Advanced Technologies and Societal Change, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-26345-8_9, ISBN: 978-3-319-26343-4, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, pp. 97-108.
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer (2016) IKT-unterstütztes Toilettensystem für ältere Menschen - Ein transdisziplinärer Ansatz verbunden mit partizipativem Design in einem Tabubereich des Alltagslebens, in: R. Weidner (ed.): 2. Transdisziplinäre Konferenz „Technische Unterstützungssysteme, die die Menschen wirklich wollen“, Konferenzband, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Hamburg, ISBN: 978-3-86818-089-3, pp. 139-146
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer (2016) Applying ICT to ease the toilet usage, Gerontechnology 2016;15(suppl):22s; doi:10.4017/gt.2016.15.s.928.00
  • D. Fischinger, P. Einramhof, K. Papoutsakis, W. Wohlkinger, P. Mayer, P. Panek, S. Hofmann, T. Körtner, A. Weiss, A. Argyros, M. Vincze (2016) Hobbit, a care robot supporting independent living at home: First prototype and lessons learned, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol 75, Part A, Jan 2016, pp. 60–78,
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer (2016) Exploring user preferences regarding “personality” of an assistive service robot, e-Poster, 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, Sept 2016, Nice, France.
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer (2015) Challenges in adopting speech control for assistive robots, in: R. Wichert and H. Klausing (eds.), Ambient Assisted Living, Advanced Technologies and Societal Change, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-11866-6_1, Springer, pp.3-14.
  • P. Mayer, P. Panek (2014) Towards a multi-modal user interface for an affordable Assistive Robot, in: C. Stephanidis and M. Antona (Eds.): Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, Aging and Assistive Environments, LNCS 8515, , Springer, pp. 680–691.
  • A. Weiss, M. Vincze, P. Panek, P. Mayer (2014) Don’t Bother Me: Users’ Reactions to Different Robot Disturbing Behaviors, proc of HRI'14, Bielefeld, Germany, DOI: 10.1145/2559636.2563689, ACM, pp. 320-321.
  • P. Panek, G. Edelmayer, P. Mayer, C. Beck, W.L. Zagler (2014) Mobile Video Phone Communication Carried by a NAO Robot, in: R. Wichert and H. Klausing (eds.), Ambient Assisted Living, Advanced Technologies and Societal Change, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-37988-8, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37988-8_20, pp 315-325.
  • D.O. Johnson, R.H. Cuijpers, J.F. Juola, E. Torta, M. Simonov, A. Frisiello, M. Bazzani, W. Yan, C. Weber, S. Wermter, N. Meins, J. Oberzaucher, P. Panek, G. Edelmayer, P. Mayer, C. Beck (2014) Socially Assistive Robots: A comprehensive approach to extending independent living, Social Robotics, Vol 6, Issue 2, pp.195-211, DOI: 10.1007/s12369-013-0217-8.
  • P. Panek, P. Mayer, G. Edelmayer, C. Beck, W.L. Zagler (2013) A Laboratory for AAL Applications, Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik, pp.217-218, DOI: 10.1515/bmt-2013-4239
  • W. Hlauschek, P. Panek, H. Jagos, F. Werner, K. Werner (2013) The Living Lab Schwechat as a base for AAL developments for the benefit of the ageing society, Proc 5th AAL Forum, Norrköping, Sweden, pp. 267-271.
  • P. Mayer, P. Panek (2013) A Social Assistive Robot in an Intelligent Environment, in: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik, pp.219-220, DOI: 10.1515/bmt-2013-4240
  • M. Obernosterer, P. Panek, P. Mayer, A. Neumaier, W.L. Zagler (2013) Aktionsklassen für Handlungsabläufe im computer-gestützten Wohnen, in: E. Ammenwerth, A. Hörbst, D. Hayn, G. Schreier (Hrsg.): Proc eHealth2013, Vienna, ISBN 978-3-85403-293-9, pp. 99-105.
  • P. Mayer, P. Panek (2012) Assessing daily activity of older persons in a real life AAL system, in: M.H. Hamza (ed.). Proc IASTED Telehealth 2012, ISBN: 978-0-88986-909-7, DOI: 10.2316/P.2012.765-012, pp. 772-775.
  • P. Mayer, C. Beck, P. Panek (2012) Examples of multimodal user interfaces for socially assistive robots in Ambient Assisted Living environments, in: Cognitive Infocommunications (CogInfoCom), 2012 IEEE 3rd Intern Conf on, pp.401-406
  • G. Edelmayer, G. Ehrenfels, C. Beck, P. Mayer, P. Panek (2012) Prototyping a LED Projector Module Carried by a Humanoid Nao Robot to Assist Human Robot Communication by an Additional Visual Output Channel, in: D. Simsik (ed.). Proc IASTED Intern Conf Assistive Technologies (AT 2012), ISBN: 978-0-88986-909-7, DOI: 10.2316/P.2012.766-006, pp. 809-816
  • P. Panek, G. Edelmayer, P. Mayer, C. Beck, M. Rauhala (2012) User Acceptance of a Mobile LED Projector on a Socially Assistive Robot, in: R. Wichert and B. Eberhardt (Eds.): Ambient Assisted Living, Advanced Technologies and Societal Change, Springer, doi 10.1007/978-3-642-27491-6, ISBN 978-3-642-27490-9, 2012, pp. 77-91.

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