Assisted Living Studio
Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio
At the BRL, the Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio is an in-house facility to develop, test and implement assistive robots and heterogeneous sensor systems in a realistic environment, bringing together our expertise in robotics, human-robot interaction, intelligent learning systems and person-centred design. This will help develop pragmatic solutions and reduce time to market.
The studio will provide a ‘Living Lab’ environment. The ‘Living Lab’ concept refers to a set of methodologies and tools for the co-creation and validation of innovation together with the end-users.
Designed to resemble a typical single level home, the studio comprises an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area and a bathroom and bedroom. The studio has been instrumented with a network of wireless sensors linked to a Smart Home Controller Hub, Wi-Fi cameras and an ADSL connection.
The UWE Bristol team at BRL are using the data generated from the sensors to detect patterns of activity to build adaptable algorithms and provide robots with contextual information and learn behavioural patterns. This will help to develop personalised assistive robotic systems especially adapted to each person’s lifestyle to support independent living.
Our approach to research and design is to take a person-centred approach
- Understanding people’s context of use and perspectives on robotic assistive technology
- Investigating potential barriers and constraints and criteria for acceptability
- Considering ethical issues and social and cultural impact of the technology
We strive to seek user input using a range of participatory design methods. It is important to us to consider all stakeholders’ perspectives and address the challenges of effective communication between end-users and technical researchers.
We aim to work in multi-disciplinary teams including clinicians, carers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, user experience designers and psychologists. Iterative prototyping and evaluation is central to our user-centred approach, ensuring that systems are useful, usable and accepted.
The theme leader for Assistive Living, Praminda Caleb-Solly, is driven by exploring pragmatic and creative approaches to support and empower people and ensure that the solutions developed are not only effective and efficient, but also result in engaging, pleasurable and satisfying interactive experiences.