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Care robot Guardian in the spotlight on Swiss television station RTS

Jessica Rochat is a specialist in human-machine interaction and works at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) interviewed her on August 18, 2020. Jessica: ‘It’s still not common for people to interact with a robot. That’s why it’s very important that we assess the needs of the end users: older people living at home.’

Guardian: Enhancing the autonomy of older people – respecting privacy

Guardian is a three-year project that started on the 25th of February, 2020. Coordinator Dr. Henk Herman Nap and researcher Dirk Lukkien from Vilans (, share an update and discuss the role of responsible innovation. ‘We will innovate responsibly. Therefore it is essential to reflect and be constantly aware of the choices we make in the development process.’

Interview – Eyes and ears of Guardian care robot

Developing an advanced robot that supports older people, community nurses and caregivers. That is the aim of the international project Guardian. Vilans researcher and coordinator of the Guardian project Henk Herman Nap: “With the Guardian robot, the caregiver remotely knows where his/her client has fallen, the robot can drive to the person and a video connection can be established.”

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