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Personal Robotic Assistants For The Elderly (Pearl)
This project is no longer active.
Head: Sebastian Thrun and Sara Kiesler
Contact: Sara Kiesler
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Medical Robotics Technology Center (MRTC)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Robot Learning Lab
The project PERSONAL ROBOTIC ASSISTANTS FOR THE ELDERLY is an inter-disciplinary research initiative on Personal Service Robots for the elderly, that brings together researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

The goal of our project is to develop mobile, personal service robots that assist elderly people suffering from chronic disorders in their everyday life. We are currently developing anautonomous mobile robot that "lives" in a private home of a chronically ill elderly person. The robot provides a research platform to test out a range of ideas for assisting elderly people, such as Intelligent reminding, Mobile manipulation, Telepresence, Data collection and surveillance, and Social interaction.

If successful, this project could change the way we deliver health-care to the ever-growing contingent of elderly people, and it could significantly advance the state-of-the-art in mobile service robotics and human robot interaction.