i n v e s t i g a t o r s :
Keith Evan Green
Architecture, PI
an D. Walker
Robotics Engineering, Co-PI
Johnell Brooks
Human Factors Psychology, Co-PI

f u n d i n g :

U.S. National Science Foundation # IIS-1703267: "SCH: EXP: Home+, An Intelligent and Interoperable Suite of Robotic Furnishings, Learning and Evolving with Their Users"

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t e a m :
William Logan Jr. MD
Gerentology, GHS

Stephanie Tanner
Gerentology, GHS

a d v i s o r y   b o a r d :
Prof. M. Elaine Cress, Ph.D.
Director, Aging Physical Perf. Lab
Department of Kinesiology
University of Georgia
Marjorie George
Program Director
Alzheimer's Association
SC Chapter
Doris J. Gleason
Director, Community Outreach
Principal and Architect
JSR Associates, Inc.
Senior Living and Healthcare
Ellicott City, MD

o u r   h o m e   l a b:
home lab View of our home lab that we designed and fabricated. Located within the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, the home lab has all the features of a typical studio apartment, including kitchen and dining areas, laundry room, and closet space.

e a r l y   v i d e o         e a r l y   p r o j e c t    h i s t o r y

o v e r v i e w :
As healthcare is becoming more digital, technological and increasingly costly, healthcare environments have yet to become embedded with digital technologies to support the most productive (physical) interaction across patients, clinicians, and the physical artifacts that surround and envelop them. This shortcoming motivated our larger team to envision home+, a suite of networked, distributed “robotic furnishings” integrated into existing domestic environments (for aging in place) and healthcare facilities (for clinical care).

We have initially developed a working prototype of the Assistive Robotic Table (ART) with support from NSF's Smart Health & Wellbeing Program (SHB, now SCH). During the ART cycle, the team continued developing the larger home+ concept, recognizing ART as integral to an assistive, enabling, cyber-physical ecosystem. In the current project cycle, theCornell- Clemson-GHS team will realize the larger ambition of home+ in our home lab; together, we will: (1) establish needs and wants, identifying those aspects of our long-developing home+ concept that best promise to support independent living; (2) iteratively co-design and usability-test several robotic furnishings that, together with ART, recognize, communicate with, and partly remember each other in interaction with human users; (3) define the pattern language of interactions for this cyber-human system; and (4) evaluate the efficacy of home+ by comparing CS-PFP10 scores (measuring performance of 10 routine home tasks defining a capacity for independent living) for individuals from our target group with and without home+.

The figures above introduce our current home+ concept.

figure for ART
Two of our many, early visualizations of the home+ vision.

Our paper submitted to IROS on the current concept:
Gonthina, P. Verma, S. Nahar, D. Brooks, J. O., J., Walker, I.D. and Green, K.E. (under review). Robotic Furnishings Partnering with Each Other to Perform Domestic Tasks Enabling Independence. In Proceedings of IROS 2017: the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vancouver, B.C., September 24–28, 2017, pp. (tbd).

Our early paper fpr IEEE CASE on an earlier approach to home+:
De Aguiar, C., Fateminasab, R., Frazelle, C., Scott, R., Wang, Y., Wooten, M., Green, K. E., and Walker, I. D. The Networked, Robotic home+ Furniture Suite: a Distributed, Assistive Technology Facilitating Aging in Place. 2016. Proceedings of CASE 2016: the 12th Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, August 21-24, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, pp. 1067-1072.

Our early paper for HRI introducing this first home+ concept:
K.E.Green, I.D. Walker, J. O Brooks and W.C. Logan, Jr. comforTABLE: A Robotic Environment for Aging in Place, late-breaking paper, HRI’09, the IEEE/ACM International Conference of Human-Robot Interaction, March 11–13, 2009, La Jolla, California, USA.

Our unpublished paper on the perceptual processes of our home+ concept:
V.N. Murali, A L. Threatt,... J O. Brooks, I.D. Walker, and K E. Green.(Ocotober 2013). A Mobile Robotic Personal Nightstand with Integrated Perceptual Processes.

Our paper for IROS presenting home+ 2011, with video 1 and 2:
Threatt, A. L., Merino, J., Green, K.E., Walker, I.D., Brooks, J. O. et. al. A Vision of the
Patient Room as an Architectural Robotic Ecosystem
. Video (IEEE archival) in Threatt, Proceedings of IROS 2012: the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, October 2012.