The CARESSES EU-Japan Project: Making Assistive Robots Culturally Competent
The nursing literature shows that cultural competence is an important requirement for effective healthcare. We claim that personal assistive robots should likewise be culturally competent, that is, they should be aware of general cultural characteristics and of the different forms they take in different individuals, and take these into account while perceiving, reasoning, and acting. The CARESSES project is a Europe-Japan collaborative effort that aims at designing, developing and evaluating culturally competent assistive robots. These robots will be able to adapt the way they behave, speak and interact to the cultural identity of the person they assist. This paper describes the approach taken in the CARESSES project, its initial steps, and its future plans.
The CARESSES project is supported by the European Commission Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 737858, and by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan.
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