UK launches social care robot challenge

January 12, 2017 // By Julien Happich
A national co-operative venture that will bring together UK experts from both academia and industry to advance the integration of robots into healthcare, the Social Care Robot Challenge is open to all leading researchers and institutions in the field, with a focus to address the steeply rising costs of healthcare provision in the UK.

The Challenge runs from now, and will culminate in a daylong public presentation of collaborative learnings in Central London on Friday June 30, 2017, during the second annual UK Robotics Week 2017 (taking place from 24th – 30th June 2017).

The collaborative research themes will be agreed via themed workshops to be held during Spring 2017, addressing issues including assisted mobility; personal hygiene; social support; preventative and rehabilitation monitoring; remote assistance; and food preparation.

Robot social cognition capabilities that will be pushed forward during the Challenge include social and physical intelligence, spoken language understanding and immersive tele-presence.
The Challenge research will harness established robot platforms including Nao, Pepper, Fetch, TIAGo, iCub and MiRo, and prototype robots will be evaluated in realistic, home-like environments.
The Social Care Challenge 2017 will be a distributed activity held across the ‘living laboratory’ facilities that exist across the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network community. Participating partners without such facilities will be encouraged to take part by arranging access.  Organisations that are not already part of the EPSRC UK-RAS Network community, but have suitable facilities or track record, are also encouraged to take part.

More information on how to participate in the Social Care Robot Challenge at http://roboticsweek.uk/social-care-robot-challenge-2017
About the UK Robotics Week - http://roboticsweek.uk