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The human care and service field requires an innovative robotic solution to make the daily care of elderly and disabled people in both home and workplace environments easier. The European Union (EU) project MATS (flexible mechatronic assistive technology system) has developed a new concept of a climbing robot for this type of service application. The(More)
Human care and service demands need an innovative robotic solution to make easier the everyday life of elderly and disabled people in home and workplace environments. The main objective of this project is to develop a new concept of climbing robot for this type of service applications. The robot is a 5 DOF self-containing manipulator, that includes on-board(More)
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—More and more disabled and elderly people with mobility problems want to live autonomously in their home environment. They are motivated to use robotic aids to perform tasks by themselves, avoiding permanent nurse or family assistant supervision. They must find means to rehabilitate their abilities for performing DLA's 1 such as eating, shaving, or(More)
Programming by demonstration (PbD) allows matching the kinematic movements of a robot with those of a human. The presented Continuous Goal-Directed Actions (CGDA) is able to additionally encode the effects of a demonstrated action, which are not encoded in PbD. CGDA allows generalization, recognition and execution of action effects on the environment. In(More)
The future of robotics predicts that robots will integrate themselves more every day with human beings and their environments. To achieve this integration, robots need to acquire information about the environment and its objects. There is a big need for algorithms to provide robots with these sort of skills, from the location where objects are needed to(More)
Assistive robotics HRI has a number of important characteristics that distinguishes it from other forms of HRI. This includes the need for both high flexibility, safety and reliability in controlling the robotic system. Approaching the system as a human-robot binomial, with the user and the robot acting in a closed-loop, may be beneficial to understanding(More)
New mobile robotic devices are conquering homes. From automatic shades to motorized vacuum cleaning units, advanced technologies are progressively being introduced into real domestic home environments. Technology is no longer being introduced to simply serve information or environmental control. Dynamic and mobile elements are being introduced to perform(More)