A new AAL project
Guardian - The social robot to support independent living
I’m Guardian, the social robot companion who supports home care nurses and helps seniors to maintain independence in their own homes.
Guardian sets (small) personal goals together with the senior and caregiver. He lets the senior be in control, but supports the senior when needed by monitoring the senior’s activity and providing reminders, suggestions and compliments.
Guardian has a friendly and calm personality. Guardian learns who the senior is and what matters to him/her. He loves to talk about a person’s favourite topic, the weather or to tell jokes.
Guardian senses the senior’s overall activity and health and will inform the caregiver about the person’s well-being. He is able to send a request when (extra) care is needed or when the care plan should be adjusted.
GUARDIAN is a European research project that provides an innovative approach to support caregivers by means of a social robot that:
- Provides information about the situation at home to the caregivers through human-robot dialogue and through sensing;
- Provides daily structure for the senior through reminders to eat or drink or take medicine.
The challenges of implementing responsible user-centered evaluation in times of pandemic crisis
Projects like Guardian always include a long period of iterative evaluations and rectifications to end up in a qualitative designed product that meets end users’ needs. Nevertheless, the current situation we are experiencing all around the world has raised hurdles to the Guardian’s testing implementation
A robot that knows when an older person is feeling sad
‘In order to support caregivers, we want the Guardian care robot to be able to detect the feelings of an older person’, says Alexandre de Masi, PhD Student of the University of Geneva who is involved in the research. ‘With Artificial Intelligence (AI) the robot will improve the interpretation of emotions over time.’