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Update - Winter 2012:
First real home tests

The first real home test

The project carried out the first test in a real home environment. The main objectives of this test were to identify technical problems when operating the robot in a real home environment and to get feedback from potential elderly users on their perception of the robot in their home.
The test duration was 1 ½ days including setup and removal of robot and equipment. There were two test trials with elderly people, one involving a remote operator. Two interviewers were attending to the participants, corresponding to two usage scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: An elderly person was sitting on the couch and used a handheld interaction device to make the robot fetch a book from a locker in the dining room. However, the robot failed at executing the task (this failure was planned / simulated) because a stool hindered appropriate path planning for delivering the object to the user. Therefore, a remote operator (located in another apartment) was called and remotely navigated the robot to deliver the book.
  • Scenario 2: An elderly person was in bed and the robot fetched a medicine box from the window sill in the kitchen.

Update - Autumn 2011:
SRS demonstration at the IROS confrence

IROS 2011

The project did a demonstration of its Semi-autonomous Tele-Operation Interface for robotic fetch and carry tasks at the IROS 2011 conference, 25.09.2011 to 30.09.2011. The interface, one of the three interfaces developed in the project, runs on an IPAD device and is intended to enable extended family members to remotely control the SRS robot. On this interface the remote operator can see live video feed from the robot’s cameras, 2D map of the environment and the current position of the robot. Additionally, the remote operator can issue high level commands to the robot and or adjust the robot position using the controls on the interface.

Update - Summer 2011:
SRS at Stuttgart Media University's "Day of Research"

Day of Research

An event to showcase ongoing research in all fields at Stuttgart Media University took place on June 22, 2011. The purpose of this event was for other researchers and students to gain insight into the multitude of possible activity fields, to foster collaboration and inspiration. Stuttgart Media University's User Experience Research Group (Prof. Michael Burmester) gave a speech on human-robot interaction, focusing on the SRS project. In a separate demonstration room, the challenges of interaction design for remote operation of robots by elderly people and caregivers were illustrated with hands-on demos of point cloud-based interaction and simulated robot navigation and grasping.

Update - Middle of January 2011:

The project partners are preparing for the First Project Annual Meeting.
They will meet later this month in Luton, UK to discuss progress so far, tackle technical issues and decide on future actions of the project.

Update - End of November 2010:
Currently,the work is on focussed on WP2 “User Interaction Study of Remotely-Controlled Service Robots” , WP3 “Cognitive Capabilities of Remotely-Controlled Robots” and WP6 “Proof of Concept and Early User Evaluation”.

Update - Beginning of September 2010:
The project work has progressed further into WP2 and WP3. The partners will meet later this month in Brussels to discuss technical details.

Update - End of June 2010:
Currently the project partners are finalising work in WP1 “Technology Assessment and Specification of Application Targets” and working in parallel on WP2 “User Interaction Study of Remotely-Controlled Service Robots” and WP3 “Cognitive Capabilities of Remotely-Controlled Robots”. In one month time the work will also start on WP6 “Proof of Concept and Early User Evaluation”.