Robots and the Future of Welfare Services (ROSE) project
Two parallel revolutions are currently taking place in post-industrial societies including Finland:
1) enormous growth in the demand for welfare and health services
2) the rise of new generation cognitive robots
According to ROSE development of service robot starts from the user.
During the first year ROSE intends to identify needs and desires of users (elderly people and professionals) as well as to remove unreasonable expectations and unfunded fears which are attached to the robots. Robots should not be seen replacing human. For example one researched application is remote presence by service robot. In its simplest form it is a pad on wheels that could allow e.g. nurse to move around elderly person’s apartment and have an over-all picture of person’s situation.
The use of robots in providing health and welfare services is in our reach but while service robots have great potential for health and welfare, the application area is challenging due to centrality of ethical and social issues and the strong role of legislation.
ROSE project adopts a multidisciplinary and holistic approach.
Most research activities in cognitive robotics are still technological. In contrast, ROSE project adopts a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to study how advances in robot and perception technologies allow product and service innovation and renewal of welfare services, when such services are developed jointly with users and other stakeholders.
In addition, the uptake of the new services requires the study of ethical issues and stakeholder participation.
Rose is a research project funded by Finnish Academy.
Consortium partners are
Aalto University, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Tampere University of technology, University of Tampere and VTT Technical research Centre of Finland