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Selected Projects

 

Research Leader in Public Funded Spanish Projects

 

2015-2015. CASPER. Cognitive Assistive Social Pet Robots for Hospitalized Children
[2014LLAV00033]

CASPER is a Cognitive Assistive Social Pet Robot. It is cognitive in the sense that it is able to capture information from the interaction with the environment; assistive because it will be assisting children; in fact, socially assisting children because it will be working on social aspects of the intervention; and a pet robot since this is the shape that it will take. The project is more than about a service robot, it is a complete experience supported on added commercial technological tools, like tablets or bracelets, and gamified interventions in order to extract information from the interaction, as well as engaging people involved in the process. Psychological, physiological and robotic internal variables would be analysed 'a posteriori' by professionals with the objective to characterise the intervention.
Partners: La Salle Engineering - University Ramon Llull ; Hospital Sant Joan de Deu.

 

2013-2015. PATRICIA. Pain and Anxiety Treatment based on social Robot Interaction with Children to Improve pAtient experience
[TIN2012-38416-C03-01]

A major focus for children's quality of life programs in hospitals is improving their experiences during procedures. In anticipation of treatment, children may become anxious and during procedures pain appears. The challenge of the coordinated project is to design pioneering techniques based on the use of social robots to improve the patient experience by eliminating or minimizing pain and anxiety. According to this proposed challenge, this research aims to design and develop specific human - social robot interaction with pet robots. Robot interactive behavior will be designed based on modular skills using soft-computing paradigms.
Partners: La Salle Engineering - University Ramon Llull ; Hospital Sant Joan de Deu.

 

2012. SOFIA. Developments in human-social robot interaction for improving Quality of life of long-term hospitalized children
[TIN2011-28854-C03-01]

The challenge of the coordinated project SOFIA is to design a quality of life program for helping long-term hospitalized children - chronic patients - to cope with stressful situations by using pet robots endowed with socially situated behaviour able to develop the role of companion. According to this proposed challenge, this research aims to design and develop specific human - social robot interaction with pet robots. Robot interactive behaviour will be designed based on modular skills using soft-computing paradigms.
Partners: La Salle Engineering - University Ramon Llull ; Hospital Sant Joan de Deu.

 

2010. ROSA. Developments on social robotics for improving health and quality of life in dependent people
[DPI2009-13910-C02-01]

Complex robotic systems (articulated mobile robots and sensor networks) might be able to develop effective social behaviours by interacting with people. This social competence enables them to perform functions where the emotional and relationship components are central, such as caring for dependent people or elderly living alone. The scientific hypothesis of this project is that the definition of cognitive functions as internal representations of action and perception for a physical autonomous agent situated (cognitive robotics) is a good approximation to the modulation of the human robot interaction, specially in the case of applications associated to social robotics, since physical agents must interact with people in very complex tasks in unstructured environments.
Partners: Hospital Comarcal Sant Antoni Abat.

 

2009-2011. ACROSS. Auto-Configurable Robots for Social Services
[TSI-020301-2009-27]

ACROSS is a Singular Strategic Scientific-Technological Project funded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade as part of the Spanish government's Plan Avanza initiative. ACROSS aims to incorporate robotic services into social scenarios allowing them to anticipate to user needs by improving communication and empathy between people and embodied agents.
Partners: Treelogic ; Alimerka ; Bizintek ; UPC BarcelonaTech ; Universidad de Deusto ; European Centre for Soft Computing ; Fatronik - Tecnalia ; Hospital Comarcal Sant Antoni Abat ; Hospitales Universitarios "Virgen del Rocio" de Sevilla ; m-BOT ; Omicron Electronic ; Universidad de Extremadura ; Verbio Technologies.

 

2007-2009. ADA. ADAptive smart assistive systems for disabled people in autonomous movement
[DPI2006-15630-C02-01]

The Spanish society demands like universal good to have suitable and accessible healthcare services for disabled users. In order to take care of these necessities, this project will create very novel knowledge on suitable technology and technological tools for the case of people with mobility difficulties needing medical monitoring. Research will be focused on the development of novel control structures to be used in body sensor networks for gait and posture monitoring (wearable physical elements); on the evaluation of techniques for the autonomous movement of robotic vehicles for mobility aid; and on the design of evaluation metrics for any mobility system from the biomedical point of view: physical, measuring and analyzing corporal parameters of the individuals like cerebral, cardiac and respiratory activities, and psychological, evaluating and analyzing emotions, feelings and the user experience.
Partners: Universidad de Zaragoza.

 

Research Networks

  • euCognition. The European network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems.

  • PASCAL. The European Network on Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning.

  • ARCA. Spanish research network working on automating qualitative reasoning and applications.

 

Private Funded Projects

 

Machine Learning

Sustainability Indicators
Drug Evaluators Measurement
Color Adjustment

Ambient Intelligence & Ubiquitous Computing

Health-Care

Advanced Control

Vehicle Health Management
Solar Energy

Automation

Numerical Controller
Manufacturing Automation
Advanced Process Automation

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