Sheffield Investigators

Tony Prescott, Mark Hawley, Roger Moore, Thomas Webb

Partners

University of Twente, Dalarna University, Napier University, , Bergen University, University of Utrecht, University of Pompeu Fabra, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Sebastian Conran Associates

Funders

European Commission, EPSRC

The Robot Companions for Citizens (RCC) project was a European Commission Future Emerging Technology (FET) Flagship Candidate project addressing how new generations of safe and human friendly robots can assist in extending the active and independent lives of older people.

The project proposed many advances in the area of robotic designs which would lead to significant developments in this area, including: new materials, new power systems, novel sensors and actuators, advances in human-computer and human robot interaction.

The RCC ‘Society’ Working Group produced a roadmap for future research in the societal aspects of the development of assistive and companion robots – understanding user requirements, examining potential use-case scenarios, current perceptions of robots, ethical and legal issues, and developing a human centered design approach.

Read more about the project on the project website.