RAMCIP: Towards a Robotic Assistant to Support Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairments at Home
During the last decades the mild cognitive impairments (MCI) as well as the early stage of dementia comprises a societal challenge in the growing elderly population. This fact is highly related to the physical and cognitive decline of aged people, influencing the way they apprehend their environment and, thus, their daily activities. Towards this direction, the “Robotic Assistant for MCI patients at home” (RAMCIP) project, initiated by the European Union, intends to build a service robot that will operate in domestic environments with the aim to proactively and discreetly support older persons and MCI patients. The key component to achieve this goal is the design of a robot endowed with high-level cognitive functions, driven by advanced human and environment perception mechanisms, that will enable the artificial agent to autonomously decide when and how to assist. The paper in hand demonstrates the RAMCIP concept through identified user requirements and provides an overall system description. Additionally, the architecture design of the robotic system is exhibited here, firstly by providing a conceptual analysis and then by further decomposing the identified modules into functional components. The overall architecture envisaged in a user centric manner aiming to convert the real needs of the MCI patients into capabilities of the robotic assistant.
KeywordsMild cognitive impairments Early dementia Robotic assistant Domestic environment High-level cognitive functions Architecture design
This work has been supported by the EU Horizon 2020 funded project namely: “Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at home (RAMCIP)” under the grant agreement with no: 643433.
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