Monday, 29 April 2013 09:45

Partner robot for interaction with the elderly and the visually impaired

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In this project, we are developing tools to help the elderly and the visually impaired. We have developed a so-called partner robot (see the figure) that can function as a conversation partner. One can, for example, ask the robot to read the news, whereupon it collects information from the Internet and then reads it aloud, while interacting with the user (thus, the user can, at any time, change subject, stop the robot from reading, skip certain paragraphs etc.).


Importantly, one can use this robot without any knowledge of computers or robotics; essentially, one speaks to the robot in the same way as one would to a person. The robot can interpret human speech (albeit with a slightly limited vocabulary), and it also has an adjustable synthetic voice. In addition to the robot, we have recently begun developing a so called intelligent agent, in the form of an animated face on a computer screen, with the same aim in mind, namely that it should function as a conversation partner for the elderly and the visually impaired.

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Mattias Wahde

Professor Mattias Wahde is researcher and teacher within the research group Adaptive Systems.The ultimate aim of his research is to generate autonomous robots capable of carrying out a variety of relevant tasks, particularly dangerous or tedious tasks which are presently carried out by people. His research is focused on generating robotic brains (control systems) rather than hardware (robots). In particular, he is developing a method (the utility function method) for behavioral selection. This method, as well as his research in general, is based on biologically inspired computation methods, particularly evolutionary algorithms (EAs).

Position: Professor

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