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Final Trials and Demos PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:37
The final trials and demonstrations are underway in Spain, Netherlands, France and Belgium. Throughout June, Hector the CompanionAble robot can be seen life in action at various locations across Europe, with additional video demonstrations also taking place.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:15
Hector meets EU President PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 13:49

The CompanionAble Project was selected as one of only two initiatives from amongst 50 “star innovation projects” to be shown to the EU President Jose Manuel Barroso and the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Marie Geoghegan-Quinn, at the European Innovation Convention in Brussels, December 5-6, 2011.

One of the stars of the project, Hector the Companion Robot, welcomed the EU delegation to the stand where the CompanionAble Co-ordinator Professor Badii demonstrated some of Hector's capabilities as an assistive companion robot.

Some of the care support facilities including diary management, aide memoire services, for example reminders for taking medicines on time, and, setting up video-conferencing sessions were demonstrated to the EU president and the Commissioner. Professor Badii also demonstrated the fall detection capabilities of the system and explained how in emergencies, such as a fall, Hector could help the remote control centre assess how serious the fall is and what kind of emergency help may be needed.

President Barroso asked about the extent of industrial participation for exploitation; Professor Badii explained that several industrial partners were involved within the CompanionAble project and through Innovation Partnerships, Hector's selected capabilities could be adopted as ready-to-integrate ‘Plug-and-Perform' Companion Robot solutions offered to suit various home settings to support assisted independent living.


The EC President and the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science visit The CompanionAble stand at the European Innovation Convention 5th December 2011, Professor Badii and Hector the CompanionAble Robot greet the visitors and demonstrate some of Hector’s capabilities. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 13:56
CompanionAble at the Innovation Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Monday, 28 November 2011 17:07

CompanionAble with its Companion Robot Hector will be present at the EC Innovation Convention on the 5th/6th December in Brussels. Please come and visit us at stand nr 1.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:11
6th CRI Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by The University of Reading   
Monday, 05 September 2011 09:51

Social-Companion Robotics: experiences with end-users

 Wednesday 28/09/2011, 9.00 – 10.30

The European Research in Ambient Assisted Living is moving towards the integration of service robotics into smart home environments to provide support for the older and impaired persons living at home independently. The research in this area has to meet the challenges of user-centred prioritisation of system affordances through co-design of usability features that best support the targeted user-system relationship. Such research has to arrive at socio-technically acceptable and persona-adaptive systems that can be easily re-adapted and re-trained to remain both affordable, and, responsive to the users’ changing needs.  

The design of such advanced systems for enhanced quality-of-experience, irrespective of whether they may be specifically intended as assistive-rehabilitative systems or for enhanced empowerment and comfort of all types of users, demands a dynamic usability modelling approach (e.g. UI-REF) to ensure that user-led dynamic prioritisation of system functionalities is guaranteed by co-design.    

Ultimately the objective has to be to deliver a spectrum of solutions within a framework architecture for  graceful semantic integration of the intelligent sub-systems that need to cooperate seamlessly to provide for care-and-comfort support of the user. Accordingly, to address the above Companion Robotics innovation challenges; this workshop comprises contributions from a number of thematically clustered EU FP7 AAL projects namely CompanionAble, MobiServ, Domeo, KSERA, and other related projects which will together present their insights arising from trialing and evaluation with real end-users of this class of highly personalised ambient–assistive robotics systems.  

This workshop is led by the CompanionAble Consortium and includes researchers,  expert practitioners and users to explore multi-disciplinary viewpoints on the challenges of co-designing social robots and their societal diffusion models -involving all the stakeholders and end-users: the care-recipients, the(family) carers and the healthcare professionals.

In addition to the presentation of the results of usability evaluations of the social robotic systems that will be presented by the participants, parallel demonstrations of these systems are also planned to take place at the AAL Forum in Lecce 2011.

The programme for this workshop is as set out below; within the time constraints of this session, there will be a Q&A session facilitated by discussants/panel of practitioners; however the organisers will be available at the demonstration site of the Hector CompanionAble Environment as well as the other demo sites to provide additional information.

3 min
Introduction by chairman, Professor Atta Badii
15 min
Usability Features prioritisation guided by the User-Intimate Requirements Hierarchy Resolution Framework (UI-REF) for Companion-Social Robotics Co-design Atta Badii, Daniel Thiemert
15 min
Integrated CompanionAble Architectures  as Ambient Context-aware Assistive Partners - Claire Huijnen , Atta Badii,  Daniel Thiemert
15 min
KSERA Project:   Smart Robots, Smart Homes and Care for Older Persons Project - Raymond Cuijpers
15 min
DOMEO, Domestic Robot For Elderly Assistance. First Results and Perspectives - Vincent Dupourque
15 min
Pro-active Life-style Support Integrating Smart Homes and Advanced Social Robotics - Herjan van den Heuvel, Claire Huijnen, Atta Badii
12 min
Q&A / discussion – facilitator: Daniel Thiemert
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:59
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