The Challenge runs from now, and will culminate in a daylong public presentation of collaborative learnings in Central London on Friday June 30, 2017, during the second annual UK Robotics Week 2017 (taking place from 24th – 30th June 2017).
The collaborative research themes will be agreed via themed workshops to be held during Spring 2017, addressing issues including assisted mobility; personal hygiene; social support; preventative and rehabilitation monitoring; remote assistance; and food preparation.
Robot social cognition capabilities that will be pushed forward during the Challenge include social and physical intelligence, spoken language understanding and immersive tele-presence.
The Challenge research will harness established robot platforms including Nao, Pepper, Fetch, TIAGo, iCub and MiRo, and prototype robots will be evaluated in realistic, home-like environments.
The Social Care Challenge 2017 will be a distributed activity held across the ‘living laboratory’ facilities that exist across the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network community. Participating partners without such facilities will be encouraged to take part by arranging access. Organisations that are not already part of the EPSRC UK-RAS Network community, but have suitable facilities or track record, are also encouraged to take part.
More information on how to participate in the Social Care Robot Challenge at http://roboticsweek.uk/social-care-robot-challenge-2017
About the UK Robotics Week - http://roboticsweek.uk