by HealthNCP, 2012-08-08 12:17, Views(1204)



The European Research in Ambient Assisted Living is moving towards the integration of social-assistive robotics into adapted legacy-home and smart-home environments to provide support for the older and impaired persons living at home independently. The research in this area has to meet the challenges of user-centred prioritisation of system affordances through co-design of usability features that best support the targeted user-system relationship. Such research has to arrive at socio-ethico-technically acceptable and persona-adaptive systems that can be easily re-adapted and re-trained to remain safety-privacy-dignity preserving, useful, affordable, and, responsive to the users’ changing needs. 

The design of such advanced systems for enhanced quality-of-experience, irrespective of whether they may be specifically intended as assistive-rehabilitative systems or for enhanced empowerment and comfort of all types of users, demands a dynamic usability modelling approach (e.g. UI-REF) to ensure that user-led dynamic prioritisation of system functionalities is guaranteed by co-design.    

Ultimately the objective has to be to deliver a spectrum of solutions within a framework architecture for  graceful semantic integration of the intelligent sub-systems that need to cooperate seamlessly to provide for safety-care-and-comfort support of the user. Accordingly, to address the above Companion Robotics innovation challenges; this workshop is planned to comprise contributions from a number of thematically clustered EU FP7 AAL projects namely CompanionAble, MobiServ, Domeo, KSERA, and other related projects which will together present their insights arising from trialing and evaluation with real end-users of this class of highly personalised ambient–assistive robotics systems. 

This workshop, the 7th in the series of CRI workshops, is led by the CompanionAble Consortium and includes researchers,  ethics experts, expert practitioners and users to explore multi-disciplinary viewpoints on the challenges of co-designing social robots and their societal diffusion models -involving all the stakeholders and end-users: the care-recipients, the carers ( formal and informal carers) and the healthcare professionals.

In addition to the presentation of the results of usability evaluations of the social robotic systems that will be presented by the participants, affordability design and engineering consistent with legacy and emergent social value networks and pre-competitive procurement will be discussed and a parallel demonstrations of these systems are also planned to take place at this AAL Forum 2012.

The programme for this workshop is as set out below; within the time constraints of this session, there will be a Q&A session facilitated by discussants/panel of practitioners; however the organisers will be available at the demonstration site of the Hector CompanionAble Environment as well as the other demo sites to provide additional information.


Preliminary program

20 min

Establishing European AAL Value Constellations (Eco-System) through Innovative Public-Sector Partnerships support and Affordability Engineering,

Prof.  Badii, Reading, UK and Dr Ad van Berlo, Eindhoven, NL

15 min

CompanionAble: an integrated cognitive-assistive smart home and companion robot for proactive lifestyle support

Claire Huijnen & Herjan van den Heuvel, Eindhoven, NL and Atta Badii & Daniel Thiemert, Reading, UK

15 min

SocialRobot: Elderly home Care and socialization

Christophoros Christophorou et al, Nicosia, Cyprus

15 min

KSERA: Making video communication mobile by using a small humanoid social assistive robot

P. Panek et al, Vienna, Austria

10 min

ALIAS: The Ambient Adaptable Living Assistant is Meeting its Users

Frank Wallhoff, Oldenburg, Germany

10 min

Q&A / discussion – facilitator: Daniel Thiemert

To be continued in the Demonbstration Area designaterd for Assistive Robotics Projects Results