The project aims enhancing cross-sector, international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of social robotics technology for care. Are robots ready for society, and is society ready for robots? How can social robots can be included in people’s lives? Robots are increasingly being used in the healthcare sector as a potential solution to the current and future challenges faced by the healthcare sector.
Exchange and training of the personnel of the entities promoting the consortium in Research and Technological Development and Technology Transfer, associated to the main enabling technologies for robotics (field of application of the Social Robots for Health and Well-being proposal).
The core of the project includes some of the strongest actors in international research, SMEs and user organisations, focusing on three activity lines: technological, sociological, care-and-welfare. To be able to understand the impact of introducing social robots in care, the three areas that will be affected by this technical evolution will be researched:
1. Care provided as medical practice; this is the care given to patients in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres and other medical facilities;
2. Residential care - this area refers to all care institutions accepting patient/clients as residents: elderly homes, nursing homes, special needs schools for children or adults, etc.;
3. Family care, investigating how social robots can be implemented in the home, and as a part of domestic life.