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The Design of an Interactive Socially Assistive Robot for Patient Care

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Goldie Nejat, Brian Allison, Nadia Gomez, Andrew Rosenfeld

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Paper No. IMECE2007-41811, pp. 821-830; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanical Systems and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4303-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


It is anticipated that the use of assistive robots will be one of the most important service applications of robotic systems of the future. In this paper, a unique non-contact socially assistive robot consisting of a human-like demeanor is presented for utilization in hospital wards and veteran homes to study its role and impact on the well-being of patients, addressing patient’s needs and its overall effect on the quality of patient care. The robot will be an embodied entity that will participate in hands-off non-contact social interaction with a patient during the convalescence, rehabilitation or end-of-life care stage. The robot has been designed as a platform to incorporate the three design parameters of embodiment, emotion and non-verbal dialog to encourage natural interactions between the patient and itself. For perception, we describe the first application of utilizing varying intensity depth imaginary, via a 3D camera, for non-contact and non-restricting 3D gesture recognition and characterization.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Robots , Design



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