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

This paper presents a feasibility study of using a socially-aware, autonomous robot to assist hospitals in reducing the effects of nursing shortages. A hands-off assistive robot is described that provides motivation and support for cardiac patients who must perform regular but painful breathing exercises. Initial validation of the system has garnered positive responses from test subjects and shows that robots have a potential to aid nursing staff in some tasks requiring patient interaction.


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