• CARESSES: the flower that taught robots about culture

      Sgorbissa, Antonio; Saffiotti, Alessandro; Chong, Nak Young; Battistuzzi, Linda; Menicatti, Roberto; Pecora, Federico; Papadopoulos, Irena; Pandey, Amit Kumar; Kamide, Hiroko; Koulouglioti, Christina; et al. (IEEE Computer Society, 2019-03-25)
      The video describes the novel concept of 'culturally competent robotics', which is the main focus of the project CARESSES (Culturally-Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support). CARESSES a multidisciplinary project whose goal is to design the first socially assistive robots that can adapt to the culture of the older people they are taking care of. Socially assistive robots are required to help the users in many ways including reminding them to take their medication, encouraging them to keep active, helping them keep in touch with family and friends. The video describes a new generation of robots that will perform their actions with attention to the older person's customs, cultural practices and individual preferences.