LIREC (LIving with Robots and intEractive Companions) is a FP7 Integrated European project. Principal Investigator of the UH team is Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn. Research staff include Dr. Kheng Lee Koay, Dr. Michael L. Walters, Dr. Wan Ching Ho, Dr. Mohammadreza Asghari Oskoei, Dag S. Syrdal and PhD students Kyron Du Casse and Fotios Papadopoulos. The project goal is to develop “user-friendly” companion technology, and the UH research team focuses on the development of robotics technology that can assist people in their home environment. For this reason we must carry out the research in a “real home” since laboratory conditions are often too “artificial”. We use the “Robot House” for our studies – an environment for autonomous companion robots enhanced by a sensor network (PhD research of Patrick Neuberger). We study three scenarios: physical assistance, cognitive prosthetic and social mediator. The latter includes human-robot remote communication in a patient-therapist setting, PhD research by Mike Bowler supervised by Dr. Farshid Amirabdollahian. 


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