Next step for healthcare robotics functionality wins conference award

07 December 2017

Dr Ho Seok Ahn from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was recently presented with the International Conference on Social Robotics’s Best Interactive Session Award.

Titled Design and Implementation of a Device Management System for Healthcare Assistive Robots: Sensor Manager System Version 2, the piece featured a second version of a sensor manager system for social robotics. The study is applicable for social robotics, with a particular focus on healthcare service robots and their ability to manage vital sign measuring devices.

The Version 2 updates – which under functionality experiments, show quicker response times and adaptability with robots and medical devices – solve practical issues including load capacity, power supply, response times, and the support of closed control protocol healthcare devices, allowing data access beyond the manufacturers’ servers.

The paper itself is the work of research students and academics from the Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science (CARES) – Sheng Zhang, Dr Ho Seok Ahn, Jong Yoon Lim, Min Ho Lee, and Professor Bruce MacDonald.

Held in Tsukuba, Japan, the International Conference on Social Robotics features research focusing on human-robot interaction and the integration of robots into our society. Amongst its keynote speakers is Professor Takanori Shibata, known largely as the creator of PARO, a therapy robot with the body of a baby harp seal.