Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 666957
Sist endret: 25. juli 2019 13:30

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 666957
Sist endret: 25. juli 2019 13:30
Prosjekt

LIFEBOTS Exchange - creating a new reality of care and welfare through the inclusion of social robots

prosjektleder

José Artur F. da Silva e Vale Serrano
ved Institutt for nevromedisin og bevegelsesvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

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  • Grunnforskning

Tidsramme

Aktivt
Start: 1. april 2019 Slutt: 31. mars 2023

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Tittel

LIFEBOTS Exchange - creating a new reality of care and welfare through the inclusion of social robots

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

Are robots ready for society, and is society ready for robots? The aim of this project is to foster cross-sector international and interdisciplinary collaboration to advance social robotics technology. The project will specifically focus on the health domain, investigating how social robots can be included in people’s lives. By closing the design-development-experimental cycle embedded in a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral context, the project aims to create or further promote the socio-technical human-robot relations that are highly relevant for robotic inclusiveness. The LIFEBOTS project aims to build a knowledge hub for social robotics research and development through staff exchange. The project’s main aim is thus threefold:

1. Enhance the competencies of involved staff members with knowledge from different disciplines, refining and focusing their skills, while developing their knowledge beyond their current sector.

2. Build a tri-sectoral network involving academia, industry and users of technology such that all stakeholders can benefit and leverage from the knowledge of the others.

3. Create an enduring network that will outlive the funding of the grant committed to regularly promote staff exchange and the coordination of high-end dissemination with cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary activities in order to attract new staff for their organizations, share knowledge and give visibility to members outside the network.

This project will have an overarching focus on the correct assessment of social robotics in the care domain. The aim is to advance the current maturity of social robotics, specifically in the ageing and health domain, by improving research reproducibility and benchmarking.

The project will investigate how human users and robot technology can co-exist in a symbiosis. Integrating users, municipalities, industry and academia, we will look at the robot from a multifocal approach. The project will be radically interdisciplinary, drawing from a wide NTNU and partner network on social robots, with disciplines including: neuroscience; informatics; computer sciences; engineering; Studies of Science and Technology (STS).

International research partners constitute a large network where research exchange can be made possible with partner universities, SMEs and user organisations from several countries - Norway, Portugal, Greece, Romania, UK, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, South Korea. The project will be intersectoral, with the research sector supplemented by the industry sector of robot development; relevant user group involvement and public engagement; as well as governmental policy stakeholder engagement.

To better understand the impact of introducing social robotics solutions into our society, we will look at the different components or areas of care that will be affected by this technical evolution. Care provided as medical practice is the first area; this is the care given to patients in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres and other medical facilities. The second one is residential care - this area refers to all care institutions accepting patient/clients as residents: homes for the elderly, nursing homes, special needs schools for children or adults, etc. The third is family care - this includes all care normally designated as “informal”, which is provided by family, close friends and sometimes volunteers. The last area is care policy - normally carried out by governmental bodies, task forces or selected committees. The definition of policy, ethics and legal resolutions regarding care will be challenged by the arrival of social robots into areas where humans have been the only actors.

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

José Artur F. da Silva e Vale Serrano

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Institutt for nevromedisin og bevegelsesvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Pernille Søderholm Nyvoll

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Institutt for nevromedisin og bevegelsesvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Mara Gabriela Diaconu

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Institutt for nevromedisin og bevegelsesvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Roger Andre Søraa

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Gunn-Hilde Rotvold

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Nasjonalt senter for e-helseforskning ved Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge HF
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