Cognitive social robot pet in healthcare
The interactive robots help to reduce pain and anxiety in children who are hospitalised or undergo some type of hospital clinical procedure and to increase interactions in the child/institution/parent network in stressful situations.
Since 2011, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), La Salle Campus Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital have been working to develop interactive robots: (i) to reduce pain and anxiety in children who are hospitalised or undergo some type of hospital clinical procedure and (ii) to increase interactions in the child/institution/parent network in stressful situations.
This multidisciplinary project has allowed studies to be conducted from different approaches: technological, psychological, clinical and social.
One of the main uses for the robot is in unconventional therapies such as current therapies with animals. It offers many advantages over these. This type of intervention plays an important supplementary role for patients with chronic ailments or diseases inside and outside of the hospital.
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is making use of robots in hospitalisation and in the Rainbow preoperative room, and is starting a study in emergency-care waiting rooms.
Work is under way on a new version capable of collecting data on the state of the patient that will be useful to clinical staff in the diagnosis and follow-up of their patients' state of health.
- SOPHIA project (2012).
- PATRICIA project (2014).
- Appearance on TEDxBarcelona (2016).
- Use and development of a new product.
External innovation (collaborative project between UPC, La Salle, UAB and SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital).