ROASIS: Robots with the ability to interact and adapt in healthcare settings.
Project Funded by the Junta de Castilla y León and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)The General Goal of this project is to progress in the full integration of robotics in society through experimental research. For this, it is proposed to advance in two main directions, on the one hand, in the coexistence of social robots with older people to improve their level of well-being, autonomy and, ultimately, quality of life; and on the other, in the human-robot interaction through robotic heads combined with virtual animation techniques that can be used for a friendly human-robot interaction specifically in the case of older people, although it will also be applicable to other sectors of the population.
The main scientific-technical goals are the following:
- Develop strategies for the integration of social robots in healthcare settings, based on user learning, adaptation and modeling.
- Progress in the development of services in the field of assistance to dependent people: care, therapy, leisure, entertainment. Robots must be long-term companions, and also an effective and profitable tool.
- To develop a robotic head that combines the sensation of physical presence that mechatronic heads provide with the high expressiveness of virtual avatars, to achieve a robotic system that favors user empathy.
- Move towards the integration of cloud services to benefit from its computing, storage and communications resources
The investigations will be validated in the context of a real environment of assistance to elderly people dependent on a Gerontology Center and in the benchmarking environment of the RoboCup @ Home competition.