Hobbit 2011-2015


European Specific Targeted Research Project HOBBIT: The mutual care robot

  • 3-years project, started in 2011, under contract FP7-ICT-2011-7 ICT and Ageing,
  • involving 5 universities and 2 industrial partners, and 1 end user organisation.
  • Project collaborator
  • http://hobbit.acin.tuwien.ac.at/



HOBBITWithin the Hobbit project, which was coordinated by Prof. Vincze, we are developing a service robot that should enable older adults to maintain independent living at home. I supported the project in all user-centered research activities, especially with the set-up of the evaluation framework for 3-week user trials in private homes in Austria, Sweden, and Greece. The project was awarded with the Houska award.

Most Relevant Related Publications

Fischinger, D., Weiss, A., and Vincze, M. Learning grasps with topographic features. The International Journal of Robotics Research (2015).

Fischinger, D., Einramhof, P., Papoutsakis, K., Wohlkinger, W., Mayer, P., Panek, P., Hofmann, S., Koertner, T., Weiss, A., Argyros, A., and Vincze, M. Hobbit, a care robot supporting independent living at home: First prototype and lessons learned. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, (2014).

Huber, A. Lammer, L., Weiss, A., and Vincze, M. Designing Adaptive Roles for Socially Assistive Robots: A New Method to Reduce Technological Determinism and Role Stereotypes. International Journal on HRI, (2014).

Huber, A. Weiss, A., Rauhala, M. The Ethical Risk of Attachment. How to identify, Investigate and Predict Potential Ethical Risk in the Development of Social Companion Robots. In HRI2016: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (altHRI track) (2016).

Lammer, L., Huber, A., Weiss, A., and Vincze, M. Mutual Care: How older adults react when they should help their care robot. In AISB2014: Proceedings of the 3rd international symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot interaction (2014).

Vincze, M., Zagler, W., Lammer, L., Weiss, A., Huber, A., Fischinger, D., Kötner, T., Schmid, A., and Gisinger, C. Towards a Robot for Supporting Older People to Stay Longer Independent at Home. In ISR/Robotik 2014: Proceedings of the 41st International Symposium on Robotics (2014), pp. 1-7.