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Sensors 2015, 15(4), 9438-9465; doi:10.3390/s150409438

An Informationally Structured Room for Robotic Assistance

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Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
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School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN57PN, UK
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Kumamoto National College of Technology, Kumamoto 861-1102, Japan
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in O. M. Mozos, T. Tsuji, H. Chae, S. Kuwahata, Y. Pyo, T. Hasegawa, K. Morooka, and R. Kurazume. The Intelligent Room for elderly care, In Natural and Artificial Models in Computation and Biology 5th International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation, IWINAC 2013, Mallorca, Spain, 10–14 June 2013.
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Received: 16 January 2015 / Revised: 1 April 2015 / Accepted: 3 April 2015 / Published: 22 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue HCI In Smart Environments)

Abstract

The application of assistive technologies for elderly people is one of the most promising and interesting scenarios for intelligent technologies in the present and near future. Moreover, the improvement of the quality of life for the elderly is one of the first priorities in modern countries and societies. In this work, we present an informationally structured room that is aimed at supporting the daily life activities of elderly people. This room integrates different sensor modalities in a natural and non-invasive way inside the environment. The information gathered by the sensors is processed and sent to a centralized management system, which makes it available to a service robot assisting the people. One important restriction of our intelligent room is reducing as much as possible any interference with daily activities. Finally, this paper presents several experiments and situations using our intelligent environment in cooperation with our service robot. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technologies; intelligent sensors; service robotics; smart home; ambientintelligence, distributed sensors assistive technologies; intelligent sensors; service robotics; smart home; ambientintelligence, distributed sensors
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Tsuji, T.; Mozos, O.M.; Chae, H.; Pyo, Y.; Kusaka, K.; Hasegawa, T.; Morooka, K.; Kurazume, R. An Informationally Structured Room for Robotic Assistance. Sensors 2015, 15, 9438-9465.

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