Assistive robotics promises to improve the life of many people with various levels of disabilities. Our specific aims in this line of research are as follows:

  • To design adaptive algorithms and controllers which allow a robot to be an effective assistant toward facilitation of user interaction with novel environments during activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • To develop models of human-robot trust in the context of assistive robotic technology and to examine the effect of trust on user experience.
  • To develop social agents though which the society of disabled users and their social network can help in the creation and adoption of new solutions for ADL tasks.
  • To validate the ability of the proposed human- robot exchanges to increase functionality and performance of ADLs for disabled individuals.