Special Issue "Assistive Robotics"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Assistive Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Byung-Cheol Min

Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
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Interests: robotics; human–robot interaction; multi-robot systems; assistive robotics; sensor networks
Guest Editor
Dr. Ramviyas Parasuraman

Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
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Interests: search and rescue robots; human–root interaction; assistive robotics; and communication-aware motion planning; sensing; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As robot technology evolves to a level at which robots can interact with humans in their daily lives, they must be able to interact equally with people of varying abilities. Assistive Robotics is a branch of robotics which focuses on providing sensory and perception abilities and performs actions that are beneficial to the elderly and physically challenged people. This Special Issue will present the recent research advances in the field of assistive robotics that can empower people to increase independence and improve overall quality of life. Robots for the visually impaired, telepresence robots for physical impairments, social robots for cognitive impairments, and wearable robots are some of the areas of interest in this Special Issue.

We welcome original research papers that focus on fundamental research as well as experimental research on the theme of Assistive Robotics. Survey papers or tutorial papers on this topic are also encouraged.

Dr. Byung-Cheol Min
Dr. Ramviyas Parasuraman
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Assistive robot technologies for the elderly
  • Autonomous wheelchair navigation/assistance
  • Navigation aids for people who are visually impaired
  • Social robots for children with autism
  • Telepresence robot for remote interaction
  • Prosthetic hands
  • Multi-robot teams for people with disabilities
  • Automated manipulation systems
  • Autonomous robot companions
  • Wearable robots and devices
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Qualitative user studies and methods in assistive robotics

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Open AccessArticle Tactile Myography: An Off-Line Assessment of Able-Bodied Subjects and One Upper-Limb Amputee
Technologies 2018, 6(2), 38; doi:10.3390/technologies6020038
Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 12 March 2018 / Accepted: 21 March 2018 / Published: 23 March 2018
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Human-machine interfaces to control prosthetic devices still suffer from scarce dexterity and low reliability; for this reason, the community of assistive robotics is exploring novel solutions to the problem of myocontrol. In this work, we present experimental results pointing in the direction that
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Human-machine interfaces to control prosthetic devices still suffer from scarce dexterity and low reliability; for this reason, the community of assistive robotics is exploring novel solutions to the problem of myocontrol. In this work, we present experimental results pointing in the direction that one such method, namely Tactile Myography (TMG), can improve the situation. In particular, we use a shape-conformable high-resolution tactile bracelet wrapped around the forearm/residual limb to discriminate several wrist and finger activations performed by able-bodied subjects and a trans-radial amputee. Several combinations of features/classifiers were tested to discriminate among the activations. The balanced accuracy obtained by the best classifier/feature combination was on average 89.15% (able-bodied subjects) and 88.72% (amputated subject); when considering wrist activations only, the results were on average 98.44% for the able-bodied subjects and 98.72% for the amputee. The results obtained from the amputee were comparable to those obtained by the able-bodied subjects. This suggests that TMG is a viable technique for myoprosthetic control, either as a replacement of or as a companion to traditional surface electromyography. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Assistant without Master? Some Conceptual Implications of Assistive Robotics in Health Care
Technologies 2018, 6(1), 13; doi:10.3390/technologies6010013
Received: 17 August 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 13 January 2018 / Published: 18 January 2018
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The subject of “technical assistants” in inpatient care is currently being widely discussed in scientific and public circles. In many cases, though, it has become apparent that the umbrella term “assistive technologies”, also in the context of robotics, is very contrived. Against this
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The subject of “technical assistants” in inpatient care is currently being widely discussed in scientific and public circles. In many cases, though, it has become apparent that the umbrella term “assistive technologies”, also in the context of robotics, is very contrived. Against this background, the authors of this article reflect on the meaning of “assistance” in socio-technical systems, and critically review its relevance. To understand and demonstrate “assistive” functions, it is essential to establish a frame of reference. The re-evaluation of an empirical study of people with dementia in inpatient care has revealed the functional character of technical assistance systems. The results, however, show that the theoretical debate on the social and organisational function of “assistance” in these technical fields is still lacking. Therefore, the reflections in this paper may also provide some starting points for this debate. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Combining Electromyography and Tactile Myography to Improve Hand and Wrist Activity Detection in Prostheses
Technologies 2017, 5(4), 64; doi:10.3390/technologies5040064
Received: 15 August 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 2 October 2017 / Published: 6 October 2017
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Despite recent advances in prosthetics and assistive robotics in general, robust simultaneous and proportional control of dexterous prosthetic devices remains an unsolved problem, mainly because of inadequate sensorization. In this paper, we study the application of regression to muscle activity, detected using a
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Despite recent advances in prosthetics and assistive robotics in general, robust simultaneous and proportional control of dexterous prosthetic devices remains an unsolved problem, mainly because of inadequate sensorization. In this paper, we study the application of regression to muscle activity, detected using a flexible tactile sensor recording muscle bulging in the forearm (tactile myography—TMG). The sensor is made of 320 highly sensitive cells organized in an array forming a bracelet. We propose the use of Gaussian process regression to improve the prediction of wrist, hand and single-finger activation, using TMG, surface electromyography (sEMG; the traditional approach in the field), and a combination of the two. We prove the effectiveness of the approach for different levels of activations in a real-time goal-reaching experiment using tactile data. Furthermore, we performed a batch comparison between the different forms of sensorization, using a Gaussian process with different kernel distances. Full article
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