Ursus: A Robotic Assistant for Training of Children with Motor Impairments

C. Suárez Mejías, C. Echevarría, P. Nuñez, L. Manso, P. Bustos, S. Leal, C. Parra

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


In this paper we present our results and work in progress in relation to the use of a social robot as assistant for training and rehabilitation in paediatric patients with motor disorders due to Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and Obstetric Brachial Plexus. The abilities addressed by a robot in the rehabilitation procedures without therapeutic contact include: active perception, sensor fusion, navigation, human movement capture, voice synthesis and plan execution, among others. We propose an ambitious approach to non-contact rehabilitation therapies with paediatric patients that present motor impairments, as well as an evaluation methodology to determine the effect of using social robots as therapy conductors. An experimental study was performed with six paediatric patients and results are explained. Finally, new challenges are exposed to develop in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation Biosystems & Biorobotics
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-34545-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBiosystems & Biorobotics


Dive into the research topics of 'Ursus: A Robotic Assistant for Training of Children with Motor Impairments'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this