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Culturally competent robots for residential and domestic healthcare or other application domains

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Innovation topic

Health & Care

Date of analysis

Innovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 20/02/2018

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  • Project

    This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project CARESSES. Details of this project are provided below:

    Project acronym: CARESSES

    Project Title: Culture Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support

    Project description: The groundbreaking objective of CARESSES is to build culturally competent care robots, able to autonomously re-configure their way of acting and speaking, when offering a service, to match the culture, customs and etiquette of the person they are assisting. By designing robots that are more sensitive to the user’s needs, CARESSES’ innovative solution will offer elderly clients a safe, reliable and intuitive system to foster their independence and autonomy, with a greater impact on quality of life, a reduced caregiver burden, and an improved efficiency and efficacy. The need for cultural competence has been deeply investigated in the Nursing literature. However, it has been totally neglected in Robotics. CARESSES stems from the consideration that cultural competence is crucial for care robots as it is for human caregivers. From the user’s perspective, a culturally appropriate behavior is key to improve acceptability; from the commercial perspective, it will open new avenues for marketing robots across different countries. CARESSES will adopt the following approach. First, we will study how to represent cultural models, how to use these models in sensing, planning and acting, and how to acquire them. Second, we will consider three (physically identical) replicas of a commercial robot on the market and integrate cultural models into them, by making them culturally competent. Third, we will test the three robots, customized for three different cultures, in the EU (two cultural groups) and Japan (one cultural group), on a number of elderly volunteers and their informal caregivers. Evaluation will be conducted through quantitative and qualitative investigation. To achieve its groundbreaking objective, CARESSES will involve a multidisciplinary team of EU and Japanese researchers with a background in Transcultural Nursing, AI, Robotics, Testing and evaluations of health-care technology, a worldwide leading company in Robotics and a network of Nursing care homes.

    Project end date: 31/01/2020

    More info:

    • Read more about this project on CORDIS (find names of contact persons and their phone numbers on the CORDIS page)

    • Details of this project on the Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Key Innovator(s)

    SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE

    PARIS, FR

    Small or Medium Enterprise

    OREBRO UNIVERSITY

    OREBRO, SE

    Higher Education Institute / Research Centre

    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

    GENOVA, IT

    Higher Education Institute / Research Centre