In the HoLLiECares project, the HoLLiE service robot is to be further developed into a multifunctional nursing robot to relieve the burden on nursing care in the future.
The aim is to support simple and more demanding fields of work in everyday care, such as “Transport & Logistics”, “Assistance in Care” and “Documentation & Information in Care”.
Using innovative technologies from the field of artificial intelligence, multiple control of HoLLiE is made possible via touch, speech, gesture and brain interfaces.
In a nutshell
In the HoLLiECares research project, nursing science, nursing practice and technology experts are working together on the prototypical development of a multifunctional service robot geared to the requirements of nursing. Together with the participating hospital partners, “transport & logistics”, “assistance in nursing” and “documentation & information in nursing” have been identified as central task areas for HoLLiE. Within the project, HoLLiE will be integrated into clinical nursing practice for repeated testing and evaluated with regard to feasibility, connectivity and benefits.
For the implementation of a prototypical nursing robot, flexible software and hardware modules are developed, tested and evaluated for the specific application in everyday nursing care. The challenge lies in linking different research questions, such as force-sensitive control, navigation, manipulation of objects and multimodal interaction with patients and nursing staff.
The issue of nursing care is increasingly attracting public attention in Germany. According to the Institute of the German Economy in Cologne, the supply gap in the care sector in Germany could rise to a total of around 500,000 skilled workers by 2035.
This development motivates policymakers and researchers to explore possible ways of creating an appropriate care structure. In the future, good nursing care in hospitals will depend not only on the number and qualifications of nursing staff, but also increasingly on effective and sustainable innovations in healthcare. Multifunctional service robots are seen as having the potential to provide targeted support and relief for nursing practice. To date, however, only a few marketable development approaches exist.
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The August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute is developing the following basic component:
Multimodal human-robot interaction. The August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute is developing a multimodal interface so that interaction between humans and HoLLiE can take place via different communication channels. For example, via touch, speech, gesture and brain-computer interfaces.
The HoLLiECares project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.