A Nursing Robot for Social Interactions and Health Assessment

  • Anja RichertEmail author
  • Michael Schiffmann
  • Chunrong Yuan
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 962)


Social Robotics for nursing care gain increasing importance in the age of demographic change and fast development of artificial intelligence. Social robots are automated or autonomous machines capable of interacting with people on the basis of social rules and are mostly humanoid and mobile. The Cologne Cobots Lab (Cologne Cobots Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab of the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, with its main research focus in the areas of collaborative and social robotics) is currently carrying out research in social and cognitive robotics. In the context of nursing care, approaches for capturing emotions and the state of mind of patients through different interaction analytics will be developed. We will use the humanoid robot pepper and extend its software functions so that it can take initiatives in human-machine-conversation. We conduct different user-centered experiments in real-world conditions and investigate the verbal interactions among human users and the robot system. In this regard, it would be both valuable and interesting to find out whether an AI enabled humanoid robot is able to stimulate or encourage conversation or even perform better than a natural conversation partner.


Nursing care Human robot collaboration Social interaction Natural language analytics Health assessment Social robotics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anja Richert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Schiffmann
    • 1
  • Chunrong Yuan
    • 1
  1. 1.Cologne Cobots LabTH Köln - University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany

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