ALIAS Project Logo Adaptable Ambient LIving ASsistant - MOBILE Robot System that interacts with elderly users, monitors physiology and uses BCI for control

The objective of the project Adaptable Ambient LIving ASsistant (ALIAS) is the development of a mobile robot system that interacts with elderly users, monitors and provides cognitive assistance in daily life, and promotes social inclusion by creating connections to people and events in the wider world. The system is designed for people living alone at home or in care facilities such as nursing or elderly care homes. ALIAS seeks to keep the user linked to society, and thereby improve her/his quality of life by combating loneliness and increasing cognitively stimulating activities.

ALIAS is embodied by a mobile robot platform with the capacity to monitor, interact with and access information from on-line services, without manipulation capabilities. ALIAS is not designed to replace human-human contacts, but rather, to enhance and promote them through the proposed wide range of integrated services. By serving as a monitor, a cognitive-prosthetic device and a facilitator of social contacts, the ALIAS system will significantly improve the daily life of elderly people. To account for the acceptance of a mobile robot system by the elderly people, one focus of the project lies on questions of social acceptance of robot systems in general and in specific within the named user groups. Therefore we will use specific methods of open innovation processes to integrate the users from the very beginning.

Person using the system g.MOBIlab+ BCI system

The robotic platform is combined with physiological interface devices from g.tec to observe physiological parameters like heart rate (HR), skin conductance level (SCL) and galvanic skin response (GSR) with our g.MOBIlab+. EEG based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems will be integrated, providing alternative input methods for controlling and communicating with the robot and its user interface, depending on the current task and context.