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SIRMAVED

Development of a comprehensive robotic system for monitoring and interaction for people with acquired brain damage and dependent people (SIRMAVED)

The care of dependent people, either by disease, accident, disability, or age, is one of the priority areas of research in developed countries today. This care, besides of providing assistance and company, is considered even therapeutic. Moreover, such care is intended to be at patients home, in order to minimize the cost of therapies.

To address this challenge, the main scientific objective of this project is to promote the health and welfare of society from the design, development and evaluation of a novel therapy of cognitive rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury or dependent people. This therapy will be based on the design and use of an intelligent and active monitoring environment system and a social autonomous robot providing interactive stimulation at home. This involves the integration of several existing technologies and to provide solutions to a variety of technological challenges that such systems lead paired. To this end, we have formed a multidisciplinary team able to address each of them separately, thus providing an integrated overall solution.

In addition, we propose an experimental evaluation with real patients, which will be conducted by clinicians who assessed the effectiveness of the system to improve the quality of life of dependent people. The evaluation will be conducted to assess both the autonomy and the positive cognitive- affective state of the patient.

To achieve the overall objective proposed it is necessary to address certain scientific and technological challenges which are split into the following specific objectives: i) to develop an intelligent environment monitoring system, which allows the localization and tracking of the mobile agents in a scenario; ii) to develop a system for human-robot interaction that provides multimodal interaction capabilities in an human way; iii) to develop a system for the recognition and manipulation of small size 3D objects on the robot providing patient assistance; iv) to develop robust topological/metric self localization techniques providing the robot autonomy and freedom of movement, v) to develop a cognitive system that allows the robot to behave intelligently; vi) to perform a design of assistance and care rehabilitation stage, and identify metrics, pilot and final evaluation of the developed system with real patients and scenarios; finally, vii) to publish and disseminate the results to the scientific community, and related companies and associations in the area.

The expected results of this project are diverse. At scientific and technical level is expected to achieve significant advances in the technologies to develop. In terms of social impact, to improve the quality of life of patients with acquired brain injury or dependent people. In terms of economic impact, it is expected to obtain a low cost system, with a possible potential commercialization of it, so that we could start a technology-based company, increasing the technology transfer to the society and enabling new researchers to continue developing their career, and thereby promoting employment in the area of ICT.

 



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