Research Lab #1: Socially Assistive Robotics for Health, Education, and Training

PI: Prof. Maja Mataric' (Computer Science Department and Neuroscience Program)

Lab Overview:
This lab’s research is focused on into socially assistive robotics, aimed at endowing robots with the ability to help people
through individual interaction (for convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education) and cooperative human-robot teams (for habitat monitoring and emergency response). This research spans the areas of intelligent autonomous robot control, learning, and human-robot interaction, drawing from a breadth of interdisciplinary insights and collaborations. It allows students to work with systems-level engineering applied to human daily life in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals and schools to homes. The lab currently has projects working with children with autism spectrum disorders, stroke patients, the elderly, and individuals with Alzheimers Disease. This lab has hosted numerous RET teachers.

Teachers will have an opportunity to learn the full process of robot design, programming, testing, and evaluation, as well as the process of designing human-subjects studies. The teachers will:

• gain first hand knowledge of robot system development, analysis, and deployment,

• learn how to design and evaluate studies involving human subjects and user groups, and

• broaden their insights into the potential for robotics in personalized medicine and other societally relevant application domain

To learn more about her research, click here.