ROAD: domestic assistant and rehabilitation robot

  • Isela CarreraEmail author
  • Héctor A. Moreno
  • Roque Saltarén
  • Carlos Pérez
  • Lisandro Puglisi
  • Cecilia Garcia
Special Issue - Original Article


This study introduces the concept design and analysis of a robotic system for the assistance and rehabilitation of disabled people. Based on the statistical data of the most common types of disabilities in Spain and other industrialized countries, the different tasks that the device must be able to perform have been determined. In this study, different robots for rehabilitation and assistance previously introduced have been reviewed. This survey is focused on those robots that assist with gait, balance and standing up. The structure of the ROAD robot presents various advantages over these robots, we discuss some of them. The performance of the proposed architecture is analyzed when it performs the sit to stand activity.


Robotic rehabilitation Robotic assistant Sit to stand activity 



The authors would like to thank the Spanish Government CICYT Project Ref. DPI2009-08778 for the financial support and the Comunidad de Madrid for supporting the project ROBOCITY2030-II Ref. P2009/DPI-1559. Ms. Carrera would also like to thank CONACYT Mexico for their financial support. The authors would like to thank Dr. Javier Lopez and the Hospital Infanta Sofia for their collaboration in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isela Carrera
    • 1
    Email author
  • Héctor A. Moreno
    • 1
  • Roque Saltarén
    • 1
  • Carlos Pérez
    • 1
  • Lisandro Puglisi
    • 1
  • Cecilia Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Automática y RobóticaUPM-CSICMadridSpain

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