List of the partners (in no particular order) of the CARESSES project who, through their unique and complementary multidisciplinary competencies, were key to the success of the grant application and will develop, test and assess the culturally competent robot.
CARESSES will design culturally aware and culturally competent elder care robots. These robots will be able to adapt how they behave and speak to the culture, customs and manners of the person they assist.
CARESSES' innovative approach will translate into care robots that are designed to be sensitive to the culture-specific needs and preferences of elderly clients, while offering them a safe, reliable and intuitive system, specifically designed to support active and healthy ageing and reduce caregiver burden.
37 months from 1st January 2017
With a view to dramatically improving the acceptance of elder care robots, as well as their marketability, CARESSES will develop and test the first ever culturally aware and competent robot. Indeed, no previous research effort or commercial enterprise has explored this possibility.
CARESSES' culturally aware solutions are meant to expand the capabilities of any assistive or companion robot. They will be demonstrated on the Pepper robot, which is designed and marketed by Softbank Robotics, a partner of the project.
Culturally aware robot capabilities will include
In the last year of the project, CARESSES' culturally aware robots will be tested at:
Ageing populations across the world are placing health systems under increasing pressure. Elderly care robots can be a means to relieve that pressure in hospitals and care homes, as well as a way to improve care delivery at home and promote independent living for the elderly. Care robots that are culturally aware and competent are likely to meet with greater acceptance from both the elderly and their caregivers.
University of Genova: Antonio Sgorbissa, Barbara Bruno, Renato Zaccaria, Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Linda Battistuzzi, Antonello Scalmato, Carmine Tommaso Recchiuto, Roberto Menicatti.
Orebro University: Alessandro Saffiotti, Federico Pecora
Middlesex University: Irena Papadopoulos, Christina Koulouglioti
Softbank Robotics Europe, France: Amit Kumar Pandey, Rodolphe Gelin, Edouard Lagrue, Estelle Bouzat
Advinia Healthcare Limited, UK: Sanjeev Kanoria, Len Merton, Duncan Sweetland, Hannah Kelvin
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: Nak Young Chong, Yasuo Tan, Yuto Lim, Sungmoon Jeong
Nagoya University: Hiroko Kamide
Chubu University: Jaeryoung Lee, Goro Obinata, Nicholas Bastos, Yanling Pei
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