Robot roommate assists

Robot roommate assists the elderly with Alzheimer’s

Turning for home, ” observes elder, takes the information and acts accordingly, trying to be ‘cute’

It is a sort of flatmate ideal the intelligent robot, able to assist people with Alzheimer’s and socializing, adapting to the situation. This is one of the novelties presented today at the conference ‘Artificial Intelligence and Health’ at the national research Council (Cnr) of Rome, and is promoted by the Fondazione Francesco Balsano. The robot, developed by researchers of the University Federico II of Naples, is similar to the well-known model Pepper loved by the japanese: he has the face, arms and hands, and is able to monitor, through the camera, the movements of the body and face.

In this way, the ranking of the activities and the mood of the person and, if the behavior is not adjust, intervene: for example, may advise you to drink or take drugs if the elderly person forgets to do so. Or call a relative if the patient is in the island.

“So far,” explains, Silvia Rossi, a researcher at the Department of electrical engineering and information technology of the “Federico II” – the testing was conducted in the laboratory, where 30 patients were observed while living in the same room of the humanoid.

In January we begin to experience it in the homes of 40 people with and without Alzheimer’s disease, to monitor the benefits to their health.

In particular, what we are trying to do is make the robot sociable and modulate behaviour according to the specific person. For example, should you understand how and when to interact depending on the situation. ” Already several applications in the field of healthcare for intelligent robots.

“In an experiment on 60 children at the Asl Terni – explains the researcher – we managed to train them to understand which was the best way to interact, a case-by-case, to relieve the anxiety. ” While at the Hospital of Padua for the use was in support of children with the syndrome of the autistic spectrum. “The presence of the robot, he concluded, proved to be able to unlock and facilitate communication”. . .

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