Synopses & Reviews
In nowadays aging society, many people require mobility assistance. Sometimes, assistive devices need a certain degree of autonomy when users' disabilities difficult manual control. However, clinicians report that excessive assistance may lead to loss of residual skills and frustration. Shared control focuses on deciding when users need help and providing it. Collaborative control aims at giving just the right amount of help in a transparent, seamless way. This book presents the collaborative control paradigm. User performance may be indicative of physical/cognitive condition, so it is used to decide how much help is needed. Besides, collaborative control integrates machine and user commands so that people contribute to self-motion at all times. Collaborative control was extensively tested for 3 years using a robotized wheelchair at a rehabilitation hospital in Rome with volunteer inpatients presenting different disabilities, ranging from mild to severe. We also present a taxonomy of common metrics for wheelchair navigation and tests are evaluated accordingly. Obtained results are coherent both from a quantitative and qualitative point of view.
This book presents the collaborative control paradigm for operating assistive robots, which attempts to give the disabled user just the right amount of help in a transparent, seamless way. Describes extensive testing of the (CARMEN) approach.
Table of Contents
From the content: On the why of robotic assistive devices.- A Dummy's Guide to Assistive Navigation Devices.- From shared control to collaborative navigation.- Bigger, faster, better, more!.- If I only had a brain.- Once more, with feeling.