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Design Issues of a Semi-Autonomous Robotic Assistant for the Health Care Environment

  • E. Ettelt
  • R. Furtwängler
  • U. D. Hanebeck
  • G. Schmidt
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Abstract

This paper discusses design issues of a mobile robotic assistant for health or home care applications with the objective of relieving hospital personnel or domestic users of time-consuming routine tasks. These tasks are delegated to the robot via natural language and in turn autonomously executed. With respect to the execution of typical fetch-and-carry tasks, key components are surveyed and a system architecture for integration of the individual hardware and software modules into a service robot is presented. A prototype implementation is described and used for demonstrating the performance of the proposed design approach in real-world service scenarios.

robotic assistant mobile service robot health care fetch-and-carry task mobile manipulation human-robot interface augmented virtual workspace 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Ettelt
    • 1
  • R. Furtwängler
    • 1
  • U. D. Hanebeck
    • 1
  • G. Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR)Technische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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