Tuesday 07 June 2011 00:00 Age: 3 yrs
Kate Tsui Presents at International Symposium on Quality of Life Technologies 2011
Robotics Lab member Kate Tsui presented at this year's International Symposium on Quality of Life Technologies: Intelligent Systems for Better Living in Toronto, Canada on June 6-7, 2011. The work she presented, "Designing Telepresence Robot Systems for Use by People with Special Needs," explores the use of telepresence robots with seniors and people with disabilities.
With the recent emergence of several new telepresence robot platforms, companies are investigating these technologies for ad-hoc conversations beyond the conference room. This technology has the potential to increase cohesion for people who work in a remote location away from their team. We hypothesize that seniors and people with disabilities may find similar benefits while remaining connected with their remote family and friends. We discuss our design of a telepresence robot system for use by this target population. We describe an upcoming pilot study in which people with special needs will operate the telepresence robot at their families’ homes and discuss the potential of these robots for telecommuting.
Katherine M. Tsui, Adam Norton, Daniel Brooks, Holly A. Yanco, and David Kontak. Designing Telepresence Robot Systems for Use by People with Special Needs. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Quality of Life Technologies 2011: Intelligent Systems for Better Living, held in conjunction with RESNA 2011 as part of FICCDAT, Toronto, Canada, June 6-7, 2011.