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

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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.

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Ettelt, E., Furtwängler, R., Hanebeck, U.D. et al. Design Issues of a Semi-Autonomous Robotic Assistant for the Health Care Environment. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems 22, 191–209 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1008082024638

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