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Article Type:From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 38, Issue 6
The Integrated Cognitive Assistive & Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability & Security (CompanionAble) is a €8 million, four-year project that began in 2008, co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.
CompanionAble will provide the synergy of cost-effective Robotics and Ambient Intelligence technologies and their semantic integration to provide for a care-giver’s assistive environment. CompanionAble will be evaluated at a number of testbeds and will support the cognitive stimulation and therapy management of the care-recipient. A robotic companion (mobile facilitation) will mediate the therapy by working collaboratively with a smart home environment (stationary facilitation).
CompanionAble’s comprehensive web site details the entire project with links on its: Project Overview; Events; News and Newsletter; Public Docs which include publications and deliverables; photo Gallery; Partners, and a portal to the Companions Research Institute (CRI), a virtual research centre supporting international collaboration in inter-disciplinary research in the sub-fields of study focused on technical and societal challenges of robots acting as companions, co-workers/players with humans or with each other.
Additional web sites on Ambient Assisted Robotics in Europe are:
KSERA – Knowledgeable Service Robots for Aginghttp://ksera.ieis.tue.nl/
Personal Robotics Grouphttp://robotic.media.mit.edu/
This is the homepage of the the Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab, whose tagline is “Living Better with Robots”. This multimedia site provides an overview to more than 20 creative Projects on personal robots developed to naturally interact, learn from, and effectively cooperate with people. One of the Group’s award-winning pioneering projects is its Mobile, Dexterous, Social (MDS) Robots, which combine mobility, moderate dexterity, and human-centric communication and interaction abilities.
Other site links contain material on the Personal Robotics Group’s Publications, Awards, Resources, and People.
Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Labwww-arts.sssup.it
The Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems (ARTS) Laboratory at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy conducts theoretical and experimental research on robotics and bioengineering.
ART’s thorough web site presents its vast wealth of knowledge in 16 Research backlinks that include: Robotics for Neurorehabilitation, Assistive Robotics, Biomimetic Robotics, Neurorobotics and Bionics, Humanoid Robotics, Neural Interfaces, RoboEthics, and Gerontechnologies.
Other links take the visitor to: Active Projects, Publications, and Courses.
Based in Seattle, Washington, USA, Hoaloha (Hawaiian for “caring companion”) Robotics is developing software and services to support new “socially assistive” robot designs.
Hoaloha’s dynamic web site provides an introduction to this new company and its technology. The application framework, based on wireless PC technology, adds autonomous mobility, a human-centric interface design, along with the integration of innovative applications, for the assistive care market. Under the Company link is listed one of its partners, Europe’s RoboSoft.
Other tabs include information on Caregiver Facts such as the number of individuals that require assistive care and the continued rising costs; and an interesting Company Blog.
Intuitive Automata is a US startup that is pioneering the commercial application of socially interactive robots for health care, specifically focusing on challenges where behavioral change is key to success.
Intuitive Automata’s clear and concise web site features its first product Autom™, a weight loss coach built on years of research in human–robot interaction at MIT. Autom has been proven to help to greatly increase a dieter’s chance of success. The site also includes videos and tremendously received press.
Organizations and Associations
Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programmewww.aal-europe.eu/
Robotics Society of Japanwww.rsj.or.jp/index_e.html