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Engineering    2015, Vol. 1 Issue (1) : 27 -35
Architecture and Software Design for a Service Robot in an Elderly-Care Scenario
Norman Hendrich(),Hannes Bistry,Jianwei Zhang
Computer Science Department, University of Hamburg, Hamburg D-22527, Germany

Systems for ambient assisted living (AAL) that integrate service robots with sensor networks and user monitoring can help elderly people with their daily activities, allowing them to stay in their homes and live active lives for as long as possible. In this paper, we outline the AAL system currently developed in the European project Robot-Era, and describe the engineering aspects and the service-oriented software architecture of the domestic robot, a service robot with advanced manipulation capabilities. Based on the robot operating system (ROS) middleware, our software integrates a large set of advanced algorithms for navigation, perception, and manipulation. In tests with real end users, the performance and acceptability of the platform are evaluated.

Keywords service robots      ambient assisted living      manipulation and grasping      user study     
Corresponding Authors: Norman Hendrich   
Just Accepted Date: 31 March 2015   Issue Date: 02 July 2015
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