A List of Household Objects for Robotic Retrieval Prioritized by People with ALS

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Title: A List of Household Objects for Robotic Retrieval Prioritized by People with ALS
Author: Choi, Young Sang ; Deyle, Travis ; Chen, Tiffany L. ; Glass, Jonathan D. ; Kemp, Charles C.
Abstract: Studies have consistently shown that object retrieval would be a valuable task for assistive robots to perform, yet detailed information about the needs of patients with respect to this task has been lacking. In this paper, we present our efforts to better understand the needs of motor impaired patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with the goal of informing the design and evaluation of assistive mobile robots. We first describe our results from a needs assessment involving 8 patients from the Emory ALS Center. We provided patients and caregivers with cameras and notepads to document when objects were dropped or were otherwise unreachable in daily life. This study confirmed the importance of robotic retrieval and resulted in documented cases of objects being dropped and out of reach for 1 to 120 minutes. Based on this initial study, we created a questionnaire to assess the importance of various objects for robotic retrieval using the Likert scale. We administered this survey to 25 patients through in-person interviews. These studies culminated in a prioritized list of 43 object classes for robotic retrieval. Using the Friedman test we show that the rankings from the patients are statistically consistent. We present this list and discuss its implications for designing and benchmarking assistive robots.
Description: ©2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other works. Presented at ICORR 2009. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 23-26 June 2009, Kyoto International Conference Center. DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2009.5209484
Type: Proceedings
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/37363
ISSN: 1945-7898
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3788-7
Citation: Young Sang Choi ; Deyle, T. ; Chen, T. ; Glass, J.D. ; Kemp, C.C. , “A list of household objects for robotic retrieval prioritized by people with ALS,” ICORR 2009. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 23-26 June 2009, 510-517.
Date: 2009-06
Contributor: Georgia Institute of Technology. Healthcare Robotics Lab
Emory University. Dept. of Neurology
Georgia Institute of Technology. Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Subject: Diseases
Handicapped aids
Manipulators
Medical robotics
Mobile robots
Neurophysiology
Patient care
Service robots

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