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Culture Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support

Obiettivo

The groundbreaking objective of CARESSES is to build culturally competent care robots, able to autonomously re-configure their way of acting and speaking, when offering a service, to match the culture, customs and etiquette of the person they are assisting. By designing robots that are more sensitive to the user’s needs, CARESSES’ innovative solution will offer elderly clients a safe, reliable and intuitive system to foster their independence and autonomy, with a greater impact on quality of life, a reduced caregiver burden, and an improved efficiency and efficacy.

The need for cultural competence has been deeply investigated in the Nursing literature. However, it has been totally neglected in Robotics. CARESSES stems from the consideration that cultural competence is crucial for care robots as it is for human caregivers. From the user’s perspective, a culturally appropriate behavior is key to improve acceptability; from the commercial perspective, it will open new avenues for marketing robots across different countries.

CARESSES will adopt the following approach. First, we will study how to represent cultural models, how to use these models in sensing, planning and acting, and how to acquire them. Second, we will consider three (physically identical) replicas of a commercial robot on the market and integrate cultural models into them, by making them culturally competent. Third, we will test the three robots, customized for three different cultures, in the EU (two cultural groups) and Japan (one cultural group), on a number of elderly volunteers and their informal caregivers. Evaluation will be conducted through quantitative and qualitative investigation.

To achieve its groundbreaking objective, CARESSES will involve a multidisciplinary team of EU and Japanese researchers with a background in Transcultural Nursing, AI, Robotics, Testing and evaluations of health-care technology, a worldwide leading company in Robotics and a network of Nursing care homes.

Invito a presentare proposte

H2020-SC1-2016-CNECT-EUJ
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Indirizzo
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Italia
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 548 875

Partecipanti (5)

OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Svezia
Contributo UE
€ 502 326,25
Indirizzo
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 326 680
Indirizzo
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 247 742,50
Indirizzo
University Square
LU1 3JU Luton
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 356 250
Indirizzo
Rue Colonel Pierre Avia 43
75015 Paris
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVINIA HEALTH CARE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 102 375
Indirizzo
314 Regents Park Road
N33JX London
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)