Affective Robotic Rehabilitation
Part 1: project profile
Project short description
The project is aimed at studying the possibility to model the affective state of a patient involved in a robotic-assisted rehabilitation therapy session.
Start date: 2007/11/09
End date: 2008/11/09
Andrea Bonarini - bonarini (at) elet (dot) polimi (dot) it
Matteo Matteucci - matteucc (at) elet (dot) polimi (dot) it
Other Politecnico di Milano people
Simone Tognetti - tognetti (at) elet (dot) polimi (dot) it
Students that have worked on the project
Laboratory work and risk analysis
Laboratory work for this project will be mainly performed at AIRLab/Lambrate. It will include electrical and electronic activity. Potentially risky activities are the following:
- Use of soldering iron. Standard safety measures described in Safety norms will be followed.
- Use of high-voltage circuits. Special gloves and a current limiter will be used.
- Robot testing. Standard safety measures described in Safety norms will be followed.
- Use of a modified (human-guided) golf cart. We will use the cart only in open-air environments.
Part 2: project description
We would like to recognize states like stress, involvement, boredom, from physiological data taken by non-invasive sensors and from other data sources, such as video images taken during the session. The final goal is the improvement of the rehabilitation behaviour of the robot, which will be adapted to the affective state of the patient.
We have defined protocols for data acquisition and actually performed data acquisition on the partner site, Fondazione Maugeri. We are also implementing new robots to improve the experimental activity.
The project is co-funded by the Italian Institute of Technology and is developed in collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano and the Maugeri Foundation.