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Integrated Cognitive Assistive and Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability and Security

Principal researcher

Name: BADII Atta 

Contact details: UNIVERSITY OF READING, SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS ENGNIEERING, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AY, UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44-1183787842
Fax: +44-1189751994
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Website: www.companionable.net

Project details

Start date: 1/2008
End date: 12/2011

Description: CompanionAble addresses the issues of social inclusion and homecare of persons suffering from chronic cognitive disabilities prevalent among the elderly, a rapidly increasing population group. Those people need support of carers and are at risk of social exclusion, yet this problem not well addressed by ICT technology, but would lead to a social and economical pressure for staying at home as long as possible. 

The main unique selling point of the Companionable project lies in the synergetic combination of the strengths of a mobile robotic companion with the advantages of a stationary smart home, since neither of those approaches alone can accomplish the demanding tasks to be solved. Positive effects of both individual solutions shall be combined to demonstrate how the synergies between a stationary smart home solution and an embodied mobile robot companion can make the care and the care person's interaction with her assistive system significantly better. 

Starting with a profound requirements engineering for ICT-supported care and therapy management for the care persons, basic technologies for multimodal user observation and human-machine interaction will provide the fundamentals for the development of a stationary smart home assistive system and a mobile robot assistant, building the cornerstones of the overall system integrating the promising solutions of both parts. Substantial support comes from the research activities focusing on an architectural framework, allowing such a complex care scenario solution be achievable. After the realization of the respective scenarios, long lasting field experiments will be carried out to evaluate and test the system, and both scenarios can be evaluated to show their strength and weaknesses. This will initiate the development of an overall, integrated care scenario (smart home with embedded robot companion). 

The realization of this integrated care concept is to be seen as the in-principal vision of Companionable.

Other organisations involved in this project

AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS GMBH - ARC
STICHTING SMART HOMES
FUNDACION INSTITUTO GERONTOLOGICO MATIA - INGEMA
FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
BIOINGENIERIA ARAGONESA, S.L.
UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
METRALABS GMBH NEUE TECHNOLOGIEN UND SYSTEMS
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET ILMENAU
ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE - HOPITAUX DE PARIS
UNIVERSITE D'EVRY-VAL D'ESSONNE
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE PARIS
ASSOCIATION DE GESTION DE L'ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'INGENIEURS EN INFORMATIQUE ET GENIE DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS
LEGRAND FRANCE SA
GROUPE DES ECOLES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS
INNOVATIECENTRUM VOOR HUISVESTING MET AANGEPASTE MIDDELEN
CURE - CENTER FOR USABILITY RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING
AKG ACOUSTICS GMBH

Last updated: 26/04/2010