LifeBots I: Building the Software Infrastructure for Supporting Lifelong Technologies
The goal of the LifeBots project is the study and development of long-life mechanisms that facilitate and improve the integration of robotics platforms in smart homes to support elder and handicapped people. Specifically the system aims to design, build and validate an assistive ecosystem formed by a person living in a smart home with a social robot as her main interface to a gentler habitat. Achieving this goal requires the use and integration of different technologies and research areas, but also the development of the mechanisms in charge of providing an unified, pro-active response to the user’s needs. This paper describes some of the mechanisms implemented within the cognitive robotics architecture CORTEX that integrates deliberative and reactive agents through a common understanding and internalizing of the outer reality, which materializes in a shared representation derived from a formal graph grammar.
KeywordsSocial robots Assistive robotics Smart homes Software architectures Lifelong technologies
This work has been partially funded by the European Union ECHORD++ project (FP7-ICT-601116) and the TIN2015-65686-C5 Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad projects and FEDER funds. Javier García is partially supported by the Comunidad de Madrid (Spain) funds under the project 2016-T2/TIC-1712. RoboLab is partially supported by the European project POPTEC EUROAGE 4E and by the Extremaduran Government under grant GR15120. We also want to acknowledge the Red de Agentes Físicos TIN2015-71693-REDT.
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