Florence Multi Purpose Robot for Ambient Assisted Living


Taking up the difficulty of the demographic change, Florence understands the robot as a platform which links various services from the area of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) (e.g. health monitoring, guidance in everyday life, social integration). These services are then made available via one single interface: the robot.
Goal of the project is to develop a mobile system which allows certain telemedical services at home, even if it is not equipped with home automation.
With this, different clinical assessments can be made regarding the examination of mobility or risk of falling in the domestic environment. Problems can be detected immediately and critical situations can be avoided.
Within the project, OFFIS is involved in programming the robot platform as well as in the realization of security functions (detection of changes of the health status, detecting critical situations at home etc.). Important goals are merging available mobile and stationary sensor modalities, the development of a contextual interaction concept and securing the patient´s privacy regarding sensitive data.



The project `Florence` has the objective to support elderly people, their family members and caregivers to lead a self- determined life in their familiar environment with the help of mobile service robots.



Java, OSGi, Pekee II Roboterplattform

Robotergestütztes Mobilitäts-Assessment für Rehabilitation und Geriatrie

Isken, Melvin and Frenken, Thomas and Brell, Melina and Hein, Andreas; 009 / 2010

Robot interaction with domestic environments considering AAL services and smart home technologies

Frenken, Thomas and Isken, Melvin and Brell, Melina and Hein, Andreas; 007 / 2011

Qualitäts- und Sicherheitskriterien bei unaufdringlichen häuslichen Mobilitäts-Assessments mit Hilfe mobiler Serviceroboter

Frenken, Thomas and Isken, Melvin and Volkening, Nils and Brell, Melina and Hein, Andreas; 001 / 2012

Sensing, Actuation Triggering and Decision Making for Service Robots Deployed in Smart Homes

Bargh, Mortaza and Isken, Melvin and Lowet, Dietwig and Snoeck, Niels and Hebgen, Benjamin and Eertink, Henk; Ambient Intelligence; 11 / 2011

Preferred services of assistive robots for elderly: Results of user studies within the Florence project

Isken, Melvin and Volkening, Nils and Lowet, Dietwig and Van Heesch, Frank and Van de Wouw, Doortje and Brell, Melina and Hein, Andreas; Gerontechnology; 007 / 2012

Florence – A Multipurpose Robot Platform to Support Elderly at Home

Lowet, Dietwig and van Heesch, Frank and Isken, Melvin and Volkening, Nils and Martinez, Leire; 009 / 2012

Robotic Telepresence for 24/07 remote Assistance to Elderly at Home, Workshop on Social Robotic Telepresence

Lowet, Dietwig and Isken, Melvin and Lee, Wei Pien and van Heesch, Frank and Eertink, Henk; 009 / 2012

User studies of a mobile assistance robot for supporting elderly: methodology and results

Garzo, Ainara and Martinez, Leire and Isken, Melvin and Lowet, Dietwig and Remazeilles, Anthony; 10 / 2012

Mobile Robot Platform to track User Movement and Behaviour

Isken, Melvin and Borgmann, Bjoern and Hein, Andreas; Evaluating AAL Systems Through Competitive Benchmarking; 2013

Philips Electronics
NEC Europe Ltd.
Stichting Telematica Insituut
Telefonica I+D
Fatronik- Tecnalia
WANY Robotics


Start: 31.01.2010
End: 30.01.2013

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