IDress – Assistive Interactive Robotic System for Support in Dressing

Project Objective

IDRESS is a EC CHIST-ERA and EPSRC funded 3-year project. The main objective of the project is to develop a system that will provide proactive assistance with dressing to disabled users or users such as high-risk health-care workers, whose physical contact with the garments must be limited during dressing to avoid contamination.

The proposed robotic system consists of two highly dexterous robotic arms, sensors for multi-modal human-robot interaction and safety features.

The system will comprise three major components:

  1. intelligent algorithms for user and garment recognition, specifically designed for close and physical human-robot interaction,
  2. cognitive functions based on the multi-modal user input, environment modelling and safety, allowing the robot to decide when and how to assist the user, and
  3. advanced user interface that facilitates intuitive and safe physical and cognitive interaction for support in dressing.

The developed interactive system will be integrated on commercial WAM robotic arms and validated through experimentation with users and human factor analysis in two assistive-dressing scenarios.

This project will enable reduction on carer support burden by supporting the assisted person to dress independently.

View the IDRESS press release.

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