Telepresence robots provide a relatively low-cost mobile solution for secure and direct peer-to-peer video communication and movement around the home . They differ from traditional forms of video teleconsultation as the remote operator can physically move themselves around a space providing a more immersive feeling of social presence.
There is also an untapped potential of telerobotics to offer remote assistance, however there are numerous technical, cost-effectiveness, social, legal, regulatory, ethical and organisational challenges to address before the potential of these technologies can be realised .
The aim of our research is to explore how telepresence robots and telerobotics could be used to enable people with different assistive needs to live independently and safely in the community for longer, through immersive social and physical support provided remotely by healthcare professionals community volunteers and family members who live away.
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Advancing the state of the art in telepresence and telerobotic technology using integrated smart sensors for feedback and manipulation
Evaluation of telepresence robots use in a range of contexts to build an evidence base for their efficacy in addressing diverse independent living needs and combating social isolation
Developing collaborative models for teleoperation taking a humans-in-the-loop approach
Developing mixed reality interfaces to enhance teleoperator efficiency
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TAS-ART - Augmented Robotic Telepresence - A Trustworthy and Autonomous System Integrator Project
This project explores the potential of Augmented Robotic Telepresence (ART) to improve on trustworthiness, inclusion/accessibility and independence afforded to remote users of Mobile Robotic Telepresence (MRP). Currently, while MRP have autonomous systems features such as collision avoidance, they do not typically allow for physical manipulation of the environment, have been found to engender limited trustworthiness, and have yet to achieve widespread adoption. We will co-design and study ART, which draws on Augmented Reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT), and robotic actuation with stakeholders in societally significant domains (workplaces, museums, commerce, education and healthcare) following a socio-technical multidisciplinary approach to understand whether and how ART engenders trustworthiness for remote and local participants.
Project Lead: Ayse Kucukyilmaz