Nowadays Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) exams are done under very limited and time-consuming protocols. The ASSESSTRONIC project aims at taking benefit of robotic technologies to make the execution of these tests easier, faster and more traceable and repeatable, and at providing added-value outputs in different, more objective and subtle dimensions. A robotic platform for CGA will be developed with the following key objectives:
- Improve the user experience for both the caregiver and end-user by performing CGA tests through natural interfaces, such as voice, touch or gesture. Thanks to such interaction means, the robot will be able to carry out the assessment autonomously , while saving time for the caregivers and ensuring more objectivity and repeatability.
- Explore multimodal signal analysis for fine diagnosis. The platform will extract and analyze non-verbal behavioral parameters, much finer than those now offered by conventional tests, based on non-verbal indices, i.e. prosody, facial expressions, gestures, gaze, etc..
- Automatic physical assessment. The mobility of the platform relative to the person and the advanced perception capabilities will allow performing tests for further analysis and quantification of motor, psychomotor and sensory-motor abilities on the basis of physical activities.
- Health data storage and management. The data related to each patient’s CGA process will be collected, treated and stored in a safe and efficient way.
To avoid distribution barriers due to costly solutions, the ASSESSTRONIC approach leverages existing low-cost technologies (such as cameras, Kinect systems, standards computers and tablets).