Affective Robotics for Assisting Elderly PeopleBy Pastor, Carmen; Gaminde, Gabriel; Renteria, Arantxa; Cornet, Gerard; Maseda, Ana; Etxeberria, Igone; Assistive Technology From Adapted Equipment to Inclusive Environments: AAATE 2009 Conference Proceedings, pp. 153-158
Publication Date: 2009
Article presents work underway in the CompanionAble project, an endeavor aimed at providing an assistive environment for seniors and caregivers through the synergy of robotics and ambient intelligence technologies. This is mediated by a robotic companion working collaboratively with a smart home environment. The project, co-founded by the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, addresses the issues of social inclusion and homecare of persons with chronic cognitive disabilities that are prevalent among the increasing European older population. Main research themes within the project are (1) technologies to make a system aware of its surroundings, interacting with people in a natural and intuitive way; (2) sensor networks and communication, including techniques for human-machine interaction (HMI) within the home environment and with remote caregivers as well as the viability of passive lifestyle monitoring (LSM); (3) a mobile robot platform with capabilities for navigation and interaction in unstructured home environments; (4) facilitation of access to therapeutic treatment and assistive support, including content generation for cognitive stimulation and training, a reminder function for medication taking, and social contact with relatives and caregivers via audiovisual communication; and (5) field experiments and user tests to evaluate components of the assistive environment and their combination with respect to their ability to match user needs.
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Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )
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This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number R09056