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Intelligent robot swarm for attendance, recognition, cleaning and delivery

Objective

IWARD targets mainly hospitals and healthcare centres to overcome the shortages of healthcare staff - a major issue in European healthcare. Our aging society and economic pressure increase the patients-to-medics' ratio, having an adverse effect on healthcare quality and performance. Not being able to attend all patients at the right time and not keeping the hospitals clean enough (e.g. MRSA Transmission) also increases recovery time and cost.

To improve the quality of healthcare, these focal issues emerge: fast identification and location of patients needing immediate attention; reduction of human errors; effective cleaning in hospitals; wider reach of specialist medics, possibly attending patients remotely. To achieve this, IWARD presents a robot swarm delivering support to oversee activities in healthcare environments, providing a multipurpose, cost-effective and scalable solution to enhance quality of healthcare.

Four major tasks are: attendance, recognition, communication and support (assisting/cleaning). Attendance means to monitor hospital wards by robots acting as a dynamic swarm. Recognition points out, that the swarm is able to recognize patients or objects needing attention, providing immediate information about the location and needs of the concerned patients. The robots can be equipped with different adaptable hardware components for floor cleaning and delivery of food, linen, medicine etc. All mobile robots are capable of providing patients and visitors with guidance and information. It provides easy to use but high tech interaction interfaces like voice control through mobile and fix-mounted robots.

The swarm based approach unburdens the nursing staff from the details of robot control and central coordination - reducing the complexity of robot control to that of a chat, having the swarm negotiating which robot to use for each job, shortening the reaction time, reducing human error and increasing efficiency to deliver better patient care.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER IAF
Address
Tullastr. 72
79108 München
Germany

Participants (10)

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris 6
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
30 - 36 Newport Road
CF24 0DE Cardiff
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
Address

Glasnevin, Dublin 9
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES MINES DE SAINT-ETIENNE
France
Address
Cours Fauriel 158
42023 Saint Etienne Cedex
FUNDACION FATRONIK
Spain
Address
Pa Mikeletegi 7
20009 Donostia Ss
FUNDACION INSTITUTO GERONTOLOGICO MATIA - INGEMA
Spain
Address
Calle Usandizaga 6
San Sebastian
SAKARYA UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Address
Esentepe Kampusu
54187 Sakarya
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Kirby Corner Road
CV4 8UW Coventry
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
Address
Corso Umberto 1
80138 Napoli