Gert Jan Gelderblom

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The ongoing development of robotics on the one hand and, on the other hand, the foreseen relative growth in number of elderly individuals suffering from dementia, raises the question of which contribution robotics could have to rationalize and maintain, or even improve the quality of care. The objective of this review was to assess the published effects and(More)
d Vilans, Dutch national expertise center on long term care, The Netherlands. Abstract This article describes the user-centred development of play scenarios for robot assisted play, as part of the multidisciplinary IROMEC 1 project that develops a novel robotic toy for children with special needs. The project investigates how robotic toys can become social(More)
To gain understanding in the current status of Robotics in healthcare the European Commission issued a roadmap study into this domain. This paper reports on the main characteristics and results of this study. The study covered the wide domain of Healthcare and in this paper the domains relevant for Rehabilitation Robotics are highlighted. The study(More)
A new stream of research and development responds to changes in life expectancy across the world. It includes technologies which enhance well-being of individuals, specifically for older people. The ACCOMPANY project focuses on home companion technologies and issues surrounding technology development for assistive purposes. The project responds to some(More)
Although powered wheelchairs provide a well established solution for severely impaired persons they do not cover all needs regarding mobility of people with impairment. In the course of the EC funded research project MOVEMENT a novel approach for a highly adaptable and modular mobility enhancement system is targeted to cover additional user needs. A system(More)
PURPOSE In light of the increasing elderly population and the growing demand for home care, the potential of robot support is given increasing attention. In this paper, an inventory of activities was made that threaten independent living of elderly when becoming problematic. Results will guide the further development of an existing service robot, the(More)
In the 1940s the wish for independent feeding in polio survivors has led to the development of the first dynamic arm supports. By now polio is eradicated, but persons with difficulty to perform activities of daily living due to a limited arm function still exist. Many devices aiming to support these persons have been developed in the past 70 years. A review(More)
This paper reports and discusses empirical research on the ethical principles that should inform interactions between social robots and their users who are older people. Data were collected from focus groups composed of older people in France, the Netherlands and UK, as part of the Acceptable Robotic Companions for Ageing Years (ACCOMPANY) project. In this(More)