‘Social Robotics’ Moves Out of the Lab

Can a fleet of social robots effectively interact with patients and staff, and make a difference for cancer patients being treated in a hospital setting? The MOnarCH project (Multi-Robot Cognitive Systems Operating in Hospitals) has ambitious plans to move social robotics forward on several fronts, deploying a fleet of robots designed to “collaborate” with hospital staff, and to socialize with pediatric patients in a hospital ward. The goal is machines designed to function autonomously for “long periods of time”.

The move of social robotics out of the lab into the cancer ward is a move from one controlled environment to another less controlled environment. This looks to be a major challenge. The results should prove interesting.

Read the article at A to Z Robotics.


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