Robots for Assisted Living
The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) will host the first European- Commission funded European Robotics League (ERL) tournament for service robots to be held in the UK.
Two teams from the BRL and Birmingham will pitch their robots against each other in a series of events from 26 and 30 June.
Robots designed to support people with care-related tasks in the home will be put to the test in a simulated home test bed.
The assisted living robots of the two teams will face various challenges, including understanding natural speech and finding and retrieving objects for the user.
The robots will also have to greet visitors at the door appropriately, such as welcoming a doctor on their visit, or turning away unwanted visitors.
Associate Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly, Theme Leader for Assistive Robotics at the BRL said, “The lessons learned during the competition will contribute to how robots in the future help people, such as those with ageing-related impairments and those with other disabilities, live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
“This is particularly significant with the growing shortage of carers available to provide support for an ageing populations.”
The BRL, the host of the UK’s first ERL Service Robots tournament, is a joint initiative of the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. The many research areas include swarm robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, driverless cars, medical robotics and robotic sensing for touch and vision. BRL’s assisted living research group is developing interactive assistive robots as part of an ambient smart home ecosystem to support independent living.
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