Personalized Assistance for Dressing Users

Steven D. Klee, Beatriz Ferreira, Rui Silva, João P. Costeira, Francisco S. Melo and Manuela Veloso

In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Social Robots (ICSR’2015), pp. 359-369, 2015

Personalized Assistance for Dressing Users

Abstract:
In this paper, we present an approach for a robot to provide personalized assistance for dressing a user. In particular, given a dressing task, our approach finds a solution involving manipulator motions and also user repositioning requests. Specifically, the solution allows the robot and user to take turns moving in the same space and is cognizant of the user’s limitations. To accomplish this, a vision module monitors the human’s motion, determines if he is following the repositioning requests, and infers mobility limitations when he cannot. The learned constraints are used during future dressing episodes to personalize the repositioning requests. Our contributions include a turn-taking approach to human- robot coordination for the dressing problem and a vision module capable of learning user limitations. After presenting the technical details of our approach, we provide an evaluation with a Baxter manipulator.