Cipriano Galindo: Projects

Currently I am working on the following ongoing European and Spanish funded projects:

Giraff+


The Giraff+ project aims at developing a system consisting of a network of home sensors that can be automatically configured to collect data for a range of monitoring services; a semi-autonomous telepresence robot; a sophisticated context recognition system that can give high-level and long term interpretations of the collected data and respond to certain events; and personalized services delivered through adaptive user interfaces for primary users.

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The system will perform a range of services including data collection and analysis of long term trends in behaviours and physiological parameters (e,g, relating to sleep or daily activity); warnings, alarms and reminders; and social interaction through the telepresence robot. The latter is based on the Giraff telepresence robot, which is already in place in a number of homes. The social services of the Giraff robot have the advantage of making the system potentially more attractive to users in an initial phase. The system can then be adapted to additional users needs. Particular emphasis is put on user evaluation outside the laboratories. A distinctive aspect of the project is that the Giraff+ system will be installed and evaluated in at least 15 homes of elderly people distributed in three European countries (Sweden, Italy and Spain). These evaluations will drive the development of the Giraff+ system. The concept of “useworthiness” will be central in order to assure that the Giraff+ system provides services that are easy and worth using. In addition, by using existing and affordable components (besides the Giraff robot also sensors from two participating companies: Tunstall and IntelliCare) we strive to achieve a system that is affordable and close to commercialization.

The Giraff robot and a set of networked sensors are used to monitor the activity of the elderly and transmit the information to different users, e.g. family, friends, caregiver, etc.

 

Project data:

Small or medium-scale focused research project (STREP)  ICT Call 7 FP7-ICT-2011-7 
Combing social interaction and long term monitoring for promoting independent living Giraff+ 
Work programme topic addressed: ICT-2011.5.4 b) Smart and self-adaptive environments prolonging independent living
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ExCite


The main objective of ExCITE project is to evaluate user requirements of social interaction that enables embodiment through robotic telepresence. This evaluation is performed in situ, on a PanEuropean scale and with a longitudinal perspective. An existing prototype is deployed to the targeted endusers, and is refined by tightly involving the users in the development cycles of the prototype hroughout the project.

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To perform the user based evaluations, a stage one prototype will be deployed to the targeted endusers. The prototype is called the Giraffe system and consists of a screen and web camera mounted on a simple robotic base that can be teleoperated. The camera and screen is a pantilt unit which enable a greater and controllable field of view and the height of the unit is easily adjustable.

The project  involves different academic and SME organizations from Sweden and Italy.

 

 

From left to right in the picture. Amedeo, Silvia embodiedin a giraffe and Javier at the 2nd AAL Forum held in Odense, 2010

 

REFERENCE: PS09/02678
TITLE: ENABLING SOCIAL INTERACTION THROUGH EMBODIMENT
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PARTICIPANTS: UNIVERSITY OF ÖREBRO (SWEDEN), GIRAFF AB (SWEDEN), CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE IST (ITALY, UNIVERSITY OF MÁLAGA, RATIOCONSULTA SpA (ITALY), ÖREBRO CITY COUNCIL (SWEDEN).
FUNDER: AAL (AMBIENT ASSISTED LIVING) PROGRAM (UE). INSTITUO DE SALUD CARLOS III
DURATION: JULY 2010- JUNE 2013

 

 

 

Taroth


Despite the significant progress in mobile robotics in the last years there are still major technical questions to be solved before having real autonomous robots at home. This project addresses some of them which, being not exclusive for this kind of scenario, acquire particular relevance here because of the importance of interacting with (non-expert) humans, the particularities of the environment, and the “digital“ services that the robot can provide in it.  Concretely, we aim at three targets: 1) improving dependability of the robot motion, 2) integrating and exploiting semantics to improve robot autonomy and interaction with human, and 3) developing a robot software architecture that can manage Ambient Assisted Living services related to entertainment, domotics, social networking, safety, etc.

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The research we are proposing here is mostly continuation of work done by the group in the last years, which has produced quite satisfactory results. The applicant research team is a consolidated, active group with a strong background on mobile robotics and remarkable scientific results and developments in this field, including not just prestigious international publications, but also the creation and maintenance of one of the most comprehensive and widely known robotic software library: The MRPT  (The Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit: http://www.mrpt.org/).

 

Entidad financiadora:Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. DPI2011-25483

Duración: Enero 2012 – Dic. 2015

 

 

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