Multi-objective optimization for socially aware robot navigation

Mobile robots are gradually making their way into a number of human-populated environments, including hospitals, malls and people’s homes. In order for these robots to interact with humans in their surroundings, they should respect a number of unspoken social norms that are associated with sharing a given environment with others. With this in mind, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have recently developed a non-linear, multi-objective optimization approach that could enable socially aware navigation...

Seniors welcome robots in elder care pilot, workers not so much

A consortium of technology institutions has reported initial positive results from research piloting the use of robots in elder care in Finland. While seniors welcomed the innovation, care workers have not been as keen on the change — at least not initially. The Lappeenranta University of Technology has partnered with a group of technology institutions for a pilot in which robots were used in elder care work in Lahti. LUT lead researcher Professor Helin√§ Melkas...