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Animaloid companion robots represent a very interesting paradigm. An increasing number of studies on this topic has been carried out in the past, involving such robots and older users affected by some kind of cognitive disease, from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to more severe stages of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. In the study(More)
This paper shows the general concept and the primary implementation of a pervasive intelligent system for rehabilitation. The scope of this work is to highlight the possibility to join two important research fields, i.e. rehabilitation and ambient assisted living, to enhance the capabilities and independence of disable and aged people. The described system(More)
We focus on some prelimi~lcny, theoretical and practical, requirements for an agent-based Jystem for cognitive interaction with older people. CVe stress (a) the acceptability of an artiJicia1 agent by elders; (h) a user model, which includes user knowledge, e-epectations, goals; (c) a representation system, (0 an interaction Jysfem, including physical and(More)
This article presents an overview of the current researches at the ARTS (Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems) Lab in the field of biorobotics and biomechatronics. The research areas investigated at ARTS Lab include: rehabilitation robotics, assistive robotics, bio-inspired robotics, bionics, humanoid robotics, human-machine interfaces, and(More)
Studying the responses in human behaviour to external perturbations during daily motor tasks is of key importance for understanding mechanisms of balance control and for investigating the functional response of targeted subjects. Experimental platforms as far developed entail a low number of perturbations and, only in few cases, have been designed to(More)
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