center for robotics and embedded systems University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

  ABSTRACT
This paper describes the design of an autonomous assistant mobile robot prototype. The robot helps post-stroke patients during their rehabilitation by encouraging, reminding, supervising and informing.
In post-stroke rehabilitation, the speed of recovery of motor disability greatly depends on the patient's amount of exercise and use of the stroke-affected limb. However, there are often not sufficient resources available since the patients need to be supervised by trained professionals.
The robot is equipped with a laser, camera and sonars and is able to monitor the patients arm with a wearable IMU that registers the transmits motion data. Our experiments show that post-stroke patients are positive to this approach and that a more animated robot behavior is perceived as more nice and encouraging.

 

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