Robotics for Social Inclusion

Interested in networking and sharing ideas about Robotics for social inclusion? Join now the RAPP LinkedIn based Community!

Socially Interactive Robots can help families and caregivers in assisting elderly and people at risk of exclusion in their daily life, thus allowing us to face two main challenges of today’s societies: the ageing population and a new class of technologically illiterate people. To facilitate this process, the RAPP EU-funded project is developing an open-source software platform that aims to be a space for developers to easily create and deliver their Robotic Applications (RApps).

An essential step for successfully implementing the RAPP solution is to establish an open dialogue among scientists, experts and end users interested in the fields of robotics and social inclusion. With this in mind, RAPP consortium invites you to join its Network of Interest/Community, which aims to promote a continuous exchange of information, ideas and thoughts about the RAPP platform as well as to share experiences and best practices through the RAPP LinkedIn based Community.

Become a member of the RAPP Network of Interest and:

  • Enlarge your professional and social networks
  • Participate in scientific/ technical discussions
  • Take advantage of an active collaborative workspace
  • Learn about RAPP latest news and give feedback
  • Get invited to RAPP project events
  • Receive RAPP Newsletters

The RAPP project

 Our societies undergo a dramatic demographic change as the number of elderly and people requiring support in their daily life is steadily increasing. On a different front, the digital revolution creates scores of technologically illiterate people, mostly middle-aged and elderly, who are excluded from a vast array of electronic services and benefits.Socially interactive robots can help families and caregivers, by physically assisting people and functioning as a companion. Robots may also adopt the role of a friendly tutor for people who want to partake in the electronic feast and they don’t know where to start. The increasing sales figures of robots point towards a trend break for robotics.

To lower costs for developers and increase their interest in developing robotic applications, RAPP, a new research project funded by the European Commission through its FP7 programme, introduces the idea of robots as platforms.

The RAPP project will provide an open source software platform to support the creation and delivery of Robotic Applications (RApps), which, in turn, are expected to increase the versatility and utility of robots. The emphasis of this project will be on applications that will enable robots to understand and respond to the intentions and needs of people at risk of exclusion, especially the elderly.

Project demos

The project will develop simple, yet realistic Robotic Applications (RApps) and, to ensure that the RAPP platform meet real user needs, it will test them in up to three demo cases targeting:
  • Technology illiterate people
  • Mobility assistance and activity monitoring
  • People with mild cognitive impairment.

The demos will be performed at the premises of project partners (MATIA and ORMYLIA), who have a long experience in working with people at risk of exclusion.

During demos improvements on the software development in terms of time and costs and user’s acceptance will be monitored and evaluated. Demos will then assess the impact of RAPP innovations, and showcase under real conditions how the RAPP paradigm can be applied.

Since it is still unclear whether humanoid or custom robotic platforms are better suited for the need of people at risk of exclusion and to show that the RAPP platform can work with different robotic supports, two robots will be used in project demos: NAO humanoid robot and the ANG-light smart rollator developed by project partner INRIA.

NAOANG-light smart rollator

 

 

User Requirements and Pilot scenarios will be defined during the first months of the RAPP project..more coming soon!

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