Robotics

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

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Healthcare Robotics for Therapy

Lecturer: Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (Georgia Institute of Technology), USA

Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (Georgia Institute of Technology), introduces us to the world of healthcare robotics for therapy purposes. The first point Prof. Howard addresses is the role of robotics in healthcare which is not only to be associated to classical disabilities but to raising the quality of body functionality, hence raising the quality of human life. In this view, she focuses on robots to be used in home environments both by those suffering of classical (genetic or acquired) disabilities as well as by anyone in need of specialized medical care - a robot healthcare assistant. How to provide robotics that can be used both at home and at the hospital in all safety and with highly functional settings and how to have this robots assisting a variety of different individuals in terms of age, disabilities, and specific treatment needs are just some of the questions Dr. Howard addresses in this short but very engaging video lecture.

Dr. Howard also highlights the benefits, characteristics and current developments of robotic systems employed in assisting individuals when improving their movement coordination or function; for example in children with CP who not only need therapy assistance but also a play component to motivate and engage.

To find out more about the challenges of robots in therapy, play therapy implementation and robot monitoring/manipulation of the environment in this particular field of robotic application, watch this latest lecture added to our IJARS Video Series.

Type: Video Lecture
Lecturer: Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (Georgia Institute of Technology), USA
Location: Seattle, USA
Filmed: May 2015
Published: October 2015
DOI: 10.5772/61754
Copyright: InTech
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (Georgia Institute of Technology), USA
Credits: Georgia Institute
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Dr. Ayanna Howard received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, her M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1999. Her area of research is centered around the concept of humanized intelligence, the process of embedding human cognitive capability into the control path of autonomous systems. This work, which addresses issues of autonomous control as well as aspects of interaction with humans and the surrounding environment, has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects from scientific rover navigation in glacier environments to assistive robots for the home. To date, her unique accomplishments have been documented in over 12 featured articles - including being named as one of the world's top young innovators of 2003 by the prestigious MIT Technology Review journal and in TIME magazine's "Rise of the Machines" article in 2004.

From 1993-2005, Dr. Howard was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where she led research efforts on various robotic projects utilizing vision, fuzzy logic, and neural network methodologies. In 2005, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, where she is a member of the systems and controls technical interest group and the founder of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Laboratory. Dr. Howard is also a member of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech and currently serves as the robotics Ph.D. program coordinator.

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