Robotic Ambient Assisted Living
Robots, autonomous and interactive systems, especially when combined with sensing infrastructures and smart home technology, are currently being developed to provide general assistance around the home, for instance, performing household chores and assuring safety, but they also have the potential to reduce social isolation, support cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation practices, and even assist vulnerable people directly with physical aspects of care including help with personal mobility, eating and drinking, dressing, and toileting [1-3].
I am interested in supervising projects in this area, such as::
• Applications and studies of social and domestic robots as part of social care practices , including for companionship and cognitive stimulation for people with Alzheimer or Dementia in residential care and home care settings.
• Ambient Intelligence (AmI) approaches to embed robotic technology in everyday environments, especially to provide support to vulnerable people suffering from sensory, cognitive (e.g. Dementia) or physical impairments.
• Investigating the role of creativity in human-robot interaction, for instance, by developing end-user programming tools and programming by demonstration techniques to let end-users train systems in specific tasks (such as helping with daily activities, cleaning, fetching objects, etc..).
 M. Dragone, et. al, A cognitive robotic ecology approach to self-configuring and evolving AAL systems. Eng. Appl. Artif. Intell. 45, C (October 2015), 269-280.
 M. Dragone, J Saunders, K Dautenhahn, On the integration of adaptive and interactive robotic smart spaces, Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 2015
 Tony Prescott, Praminda Caleb-Solly, Robotics in Social Care: A Connected Care EcoSystem for Independent Living, UK RAS
White Paper, HWU contributors: Oliver Lemon, Mauro Dragone. Online at http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/white-papers, Accessed 17/2/2018
 Edinburgh Center for Robotics: www.edinburgh-robotics.org/news/201808/pepper-makes-appearance-lifecare-...