Thursday, October 04, 2012

Tele-assisted living

The idea behind tele-assisted living is that many services can be provided remotely if there is a mobile manipulator connected to the Internet in someone's home.
Tele-operating this platform will remove the requirement for high levels of robot autonomy which we are not likely to see for decades.

Such a platform could also provide a large amount of training data to speed up the development of robot autonomy.  My interest is in the area of robot learning and the delegation of skills from a tele-operator to the robot.

Many research activities are currently ongoing in this area and this blog post is meant as a list of these.

FP7 projects

  • ACCOMPANY: Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years (includes Hertfordshire and Birmingham)
  • AALIANCE2: The European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance (includes Tunstall Healthcare Ltd., UK)
  • CAPSIL: International Support of a Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living (FP7 Support Action, includes Imperial College, London)
  • CONFIDENCE: Ubiquitous Care System to Support Independent Living (no UK partner)
  • DOMEO: Domestic robot for elderly assisteance (no UK partner) 
  • FLORENCE: Multi-Purpose Mobile Robot for Ambient Assisted Living (no UK partners)
  • KSERA: Knowledgeable Service Robots for Ageing (no UK partners)
  • MOBISERV: An Integrated Intelligent Home Environment for the Provision of Health, Nutrition and Mobility Services to the Elderly (includes Bristol)
  • ROBOT-ERA : Implementation and Integration of Advanced Robotic Systems and Intelligent Environments in Real Scenarios for the Ageing Population (includes Plymouth)
  • SCRIPT: Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-Robotics (includes Hertfordshire and Sheffield)
  • SRS: Multi-Role Shadow Robotic System for Independent Living (includes Cardiff and Bedfordshire)

Interest groups