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Casper, cognitive assistive social pet robots for hospitalized children

Type of activity
Competitive project
Acronym
CASPER
Funding entity
AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding entity code
2014 LLAV 00033
Amount
24.000,00 €
Start date
2015-05-12
End date
2016-02-11
Keywords
Health, Wellness & Inclusion, Innovation
Abstract
The project CASPER is conformed for a team of multidisciplinary professionals having as main objective to add value to the research results and experiences on cognitive assistance for hospitalized children using social pet robots.

CASPER is a Cognitive Assistive Social Pet Robot. It is cognitive in the sense that it is able to capture information from the interaction with the environment; assistive because it will be assisting children; in fact, socially assisting children because it will be working on social aspects of the intervention; and a pet robot since this is the shape that it will take.

It will be primarily a robot designed for hospitalized children, having in mind a broader scope of scenarios, including caring environments, pedagogical units, educational institutions and home, for engaging particular parents-children interactions. Hence, it will be developed with the aim to cover three social services to:

Reduce pain and anxiety in children when they are submitted to some intervention, preferably in ER (short-term interaction) and regular interventions with chronic diseases (mid-term interaction);
Increase engagement in the children – institution – parents network in very stressful situations (oncology unit, recovery unit, social conflicts); and
Engage children in educational treatments from several perspectives (social skills with autistic children, healthy meals with anorexic children, meal recommendations and drug delivery with diabetic children).
Scope
Adm. Generalitat
Plan
V Pla de Recerca i Innovació de Catalunya (PRI). 2010-2013
Call year
2015
Funcding program
RIS3CAT
Funding call
Ajuts a projectes innovadors amb potencial d'incorporació al sector productiu
Grant institution
Agència De Gestió D'ajuts Universitaris I De Recerca (agaur)

Participants