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Culture Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support

Culture Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

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Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 548 875

Participants (5)

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OREBRO UNIVERSITY

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 502 326,25

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 326 680

UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 247 742,50

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE

France

EU Contribution

€ 356 250

ADVINIA HEALTH CARE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 102 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 737858

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 084 248,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 084 248,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy