The project Services for Electro-mechanical Care Agencies (SELEMCA) is about establishing a trans-disciplinary design theory of human-android interaction by investigating the human affective system and emotion regulation.
The increasing demand for care services for the elderly and those with mental health disorders cannot be solved by productivity improvements alone. Many of this group are hospitalized or residents of care centres and nursing homes. This target group requires intensive care-giving, administrative care, as well as physical, cognitive and psychological support.
A new approach is the use of creative technological solutions to supplement and replace existing care-services. These solutions include agents, robots, ambient and virtual worlds; mechanotronic robots that we call Caredroids - PSS systems that create a better fit between carer and patient. Services for Electro-mechanical Care Agencies (SELEMCA) envisage 3 types of Caredroids, each providing a different service: medical questionnaire and form filling help; matchmaker between carer and patient; and lastly, a robot care deliverer, for example for exercise, medicine coaching and virtual therapy.
What questions are being answered?
Teams from 5 universities and industry partners are working together to address the questions: