The following key Deliverables have been accomplished so far. A public version of selected Deliverables will be available at this page later.
D1.1 -- User needs report
This deliverable reports on the user needs assessment that was executed among potentialh users of the IROMEC concept. This assessment was performed in five countries with a shared methodology. The panels covered a range of potential target groups regarded relevant to the IROMEC aims by meeting the requirement of children who cannot play or only with great difficulty due to an impairment. The assessment was performed in three phases. In the first phase the potential of robotics in the current practice was investigated, in the second phase the initial results were analysed during a consortium meeting an consensus was reached on the structure of the collection of additional data. In the third phase these data were collected by means of a second series of panel meetings.
The representatives of the groups were positive about the concept of a social mediating robot toy or play supporting system. For the different target groups needs were formulated, resulting in differentiated play functionalities but also sufficient overlap was found between the groups to justify a modular IROMEC concept offering adequate potential to address the needs of the different groups
D1.2 -- Technical Specifications
This deliverable aims at defining the architecture for the IROMEC robot mobile platform from a hardware and software point of view. Beside description of the general system setup the document describes the selected components for the realization of the IROMEC mobile platform as well as the functions implemented and the hardware and software definition of the control architecture. The deliverable finally also describes the IROMEC scenarios from implementation viewpoint and reports about RAMSS activities.
D2.1 -- Scenarios for robot assisted play
This deliverable summarises and reports on a comprehensive literature review, done by several IROMEC partners, related to play activities of children from different target user groups with existing technology. It then outlines play scenarios that are specifically relevant and suitable for the target user groups. These scenarios have been developed based on several
sources of input:
a) requirements of target user groups, based on the outcome of two rounds of user panels,
b) previous research experience of different IROMEC partners with different target user groups,
c) outcome of experimental investigations of various concepts of play scenarios that resulted from the user panel meetings,
d) input from WP3 ‘s intermediate results during the concept generation process.
D2.1a -- Final IROMEC Scenarios for robot assisted play
This deliverable reports on the further development of the abstract scenarios reported in D2.1, in consultation with the various user panels to reflect user requirements and preferences and to reflect the specific IROMEC robot functionality. 10 scenarios that encompass the top 6 desirable play scenarios for each target user group, are presented together with their specific educational and therapeutic objectives for each target group. The objectives have been classified with reference to the ICF-CY, the International Classification of Functioning – version for Children and Youth.
D3.1 -- Design guidelines for children-robot interaction for learning and playful activities
The document describes the conceptual design phase of the IROMEC project, which produced a concept of robotic toys with a strong emphasis on construction, expression and social mediation. The concept will drive the developmental process of a modular robotic platform and therefore can be intended as a guideline or a heuristic to compose and maintain the vision of the project.
D3.2 -- Video of the Mock-ups and prototype and their first available scenarios
This deliverable has been separated into two parts. Deliverable D3.2a describes the whole process from the user requirements to the design of the mobile platform and the visual interfaces of the Iromec robot. The document is organised in three main parts: „Part A: From User Requirements to Design“ describes the design process from the elicitation of user requirements related to the three main target users (Autistic children, Moderate Mentally Retarded children and Severe Motor Impaired children) to the robot design (the mobile platform and the visual interfaces). „Part B: The design of the mobile platform and the interaction modules“ contains the design of the mobile platform and the interaction modules. „Part C: The visual interfaces“ finally describes the visual interfaces of the robot.
The second part – Deliverable D3.2b - briefly describes the developed mock-ups and (pre-) prototypes for the IROMEC setup as well as the IROMEC play scenarios covered by these prototypes. Main purpose of the prototypes is their use for evaluation of the scenarios with the target user – thus a short description of the test setups as well as of the main results is included to the deliverable as well.
D4.1 -- Robotic system definition report
This document transfers the input from design phase, user panel discussions and play scenario description into a first definition of the robot structure and functionality. Together with the definition of IROMEC play scenarios (D2.1) this will form the input to the next round of user panels in order to get both concepts confirmed. Beside of definition of the robot system this document also gives a first overview on safety issues and lists the relevant standards.
D5.1 -- Critical Factors in robot assisted play in learning and therapy
This deliverable includes and examines all the factors related to the crucial and important points involved in robot mediated playing activities of children with disabilities. The deliverable is intended as a background work to study the possible use and effects of IROMEC as a tool for therapy and education of children with disabilities; as such, it is also a scientific and methodological source not only for IROMEC researchers, but also for teachers, educators and rehabilitation professionals in the field.
The term ‘Critical Factors’ refers to all the aspects that can influence the development of a robot system acting as a social mediator in a play environment. Factors that deserve consideration in planning, developing and carrying out robot mediated education and rehabilitation activities addressed to children with disabilities have been clustered around five main headings:
1. Factors related to Play
2. Factors related to the Individual
3. Factors related to the Context
4. Factors related to Technology and Robotics
5. Factors related to Methodology
Following a multidisciplinary approach, each cluster has been studied in-depth within its typical disciplines; factors no. 2 and 3 have been related to the domains and the declaratory statements of the International Classification of Functioning – version for Children and Youth
(ICF-CY), to be soon released by the World Health Organisation.
The deliverable has been published with the title "Analysis of Critical Factors involved in using interactive robots for education and therapy of children with disabilities" at UNISERVICE (http://www.uni-service.it/serenella-besio.html). A copy of the e-book also can be downloaded HERE.
D6.1 -- Test Protocol for field-tests
This deliverable outlines the assessment methodology that is going to be used to measure the robot’s different dimensions. The evaluation will consider the three user groups with the intention of assessing the IROMEC robot along with the scenarios chosen for each target group. The document is a first theoretical approach to the testing methodology to be used where parameters are to be further specified attending to scenarios, their objectives and robot functionality. It encompasses 3 different dimensions: Firstly, the playful aspect of the tool will be considered, that is to say, whether the users, through the robot, carry out the action of the game and have fun with it. In short, the product’s playability will be assessed. Secondly, the therapeutic dimension of the tool will be considered. With this, the aim is to know if, using the robot, there is a change at a therapeutic level or if it is possible to rehabilitate any aspect (at motor level, autonomy, quality of life and especially at level of inclusion) in users. Finally, the educational aspect of the product will be also kept in mind, that is to say, whether the tool contributes to the modification of educational behaviour, whether it somehow helps growth and development by providing users with the necessary tools for a better learning and socialising process.
D7.3 – Technology Implementation Plan
This deliverable defines the market relevant aspects for the IROMEC project. The TIP is being updated every 6 months – the current update includes an extensive market and research review as well as a discussion of success factor of the IROMEC system on the market.
D3.3 – Low-fidelity mock-up and prototypes of “interaction modules”
This deliverable is an accompanied document to the main deliverable – i.e. the different versions of the IROMEC application module (APM) prototypes. The document gives a short overview of the main steps during development and the basic structure of the APM.
D5.2 -- Methodological framework to set up educational and therapy sessions with IROMEC
This deliverable is structured into two main parts. The first part gives guidelines for introducing play-robots in rehabilitation and education of children with disabilities. It should help to collect information useful for choosing and applying the appropriate play scenarios and should also support the evaluation phase. In the second section of the deliverable methods related to play assessment procedures with children with disabilities are being analysed in detail.. The deliverable can be downloaded HERE.
D5.3 -- Guidelines for using robots in education and play therapy sessions for children with disabilities
With the direct involvement of stakeholders and professionals in the field (children with autism, children with mental retardation, children with severe motor impairments – and their parents, therapists and teachers) IROMEC developed a novel toy robot prototype to be used in educational and clinical contexts with children with disabilities. Moreover, the IROMEC consortium – comprehending nine different research and development European institutions – has developed a methodology for the application of robotics in educative and rehabilitative interventions aimed at enhancing – through play – the full expression of the learning potential of children with disabilities. With this deliverable we’d like to share, not only with researchers in the filed but above all with the ones working every day with children with disabilities, a new intervention model capable to promote – by using robotic technologies in play interventions - the overall child’s development. The deliverable can be downloaded HERE.
D1.3 -- End report on expert panel involvement
This deliverable describes the process and results of User Needs assessment in the IROMEC project. It was part of the ongoing user involvement in IROMEC. To reach the aims of the IROMEC project involvement of users of the future system(s) is essential to the project. The information and feedback collected from representatives of the future users were used to guide and inspire the research and development work planned in the project. A variety of users and their caregivers have been involved in the user needs assessment in five different countries.
D2.2 – Framework for Robotic Mediators
This deliverable provides a Framework for Robotic Mediators consisting of a suite of play scenarios and evaluation methods for robot-assisted play, relating related to different play activities (from exercise play to games with rules) for children with autism, children with mild mental retardation, and/or children with severe motor impairment. In addition, for each play scenario the Framework describes educational and therapeutic objectives that are specifically relevant and suitable for each of the three target user groups.
D6.2 – IROMEC Evaluation report
The deliverable reports on the different evaluation phases in IROMEC. Evaluation was structured into three stages: stage “A” for technical evaluation, stage “B” for evaluation of playability and finally stage “C” for evaluation of long-term effects resulting from the play with the IROMEC system. The deliverable describes the aforementioned stages and gives first results.