Towards Personal Service Robots for the Elderly

Nicholas Roy, Gregory Baltus, Dieter Fox, Francine Gemperle, Jennifer Goetz, Tad Hirsch, Dimitris Margaritis, Michael Montemerlo, Joelle Pineau, Jamieson Schulte, and Sebastian Thrun
Workshop on Interactive Robots and Entertainment (WIRE 2000, 2000.


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Abstract
This paper describes the state-of-the art of a large-scale project, aimed towards the development of personal service robots for the elderly population. Taking care of elderly and chronically ill people is one of the major challenges currently faced by society. Needs range from support in manipulation to assisting those with dementia and cognitive impairment. To respond to this challenge, we have developed a first proto-type robot. Using natural language, the robot can provide information related to activities of daily living obtained from the Web. It also enables remote care-givers to establish a ``tele-presence'' in people's home, by relaying back video and audio stream through the Next Generation Internet. The paper describes this early prototype, and it lays out our research agenda towards building service robots for the elderly.

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Nicholas Roy, Gregory Baltus, Dieter Fox, Francine Gemperle, Jennifer Goetz, Tad Hirsch, Dimitris Margaritis, Michael Montemerlo, Joelle Pineau, Jamieson Schulte, and Sebastian Thrun, "Towards Personal Service Robots for the Elderly," Workshop on Interactive Robots and Entertainment (WIRE 2000, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Roy_2000_3390,
   author = "Nicholas Roy and Gregory Baltus and Dieter Fox and Francine Gemperle and Jennifer Goetz and Tad Hirsch and Dimitris Margaritis and Michael Montemerlo and Joelle Pineau and Jamieson Schulte and Sebastian Thrun",
   title = "Towards Personal Service Robots for the Elderly",
   booktitle = "Workshop on Interactive Robots and Entertainment (WIRE 2000",
   year = "2000",
}