HRL Receives Award to Develop Assistive Robotics for Older Adults


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Charlie Kemp’s Healthcare Robotics Lab Receives Award to Develop Assistive Robotics for Older Adults.

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Charlie Kemp, director of the Healthcare Robotics Lab along with his research team has been awarded the use of the PR2, a personal robot, to develop open source applications for assistive robotics. Kemp’s Healthcare Robotics Lab was one of 11 chosen from a pool of 78 submissions that included the foremost names in robotics research, such as MIT CSAIL, Stanford and UC Berkeley. Willow Garage is spending over $4.4 million for the PR2 Beta program.

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Kemp will be placing the PR2 in the "Aware Home" to study how robots can help with homecare and creative assistive capabilities for older adults. Their research includes developing easier ways for adults to interact with robots, and enabling robots to interact with everyday objects like drawers, lamps, and light switches. The Sponsor of the PR2 Competition was Willow Garage, a company that develops hardware and open source software for personal robotics applications. The awards were announced at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) held in Anchorage, Alaska from May 3rd – 8th.

Other Investigators on this proposal include, Profs. Wendy Rogers (Psychology), Jim Rehg (Interactive Computing), Andrea Thomaz (Interactive Computing) and Brian Jones (Director, Aware Home Research Initiative).

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  • Created On: Aug 26, 2010 - 11:43am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:07pm