In response to the outbreak of highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola (2015) and Zika (2016), a Tele-Robotic Intelligent Nursing Assistant (TRINA) was developed to assist healthcare workers in routine patient-caring tasks, handling of contaminated materials and protective gear. This tele-nursing robot consists of a mobile manipulator robot, a human operator’s console, and software that supports various interfaces for direct teleoperation and task automation. It is also equipped with telepresence for bi-directional communication, and wireless sensors for collecting information from patient and environment. This tele-nursing robot is designed to be human-safe, versatile and usable by novice users.
At WPI, we futher improve TRINA’s level of automation, adaptability, and usability in hospital nursing and in-home caring tasks. Beyond medical applications, we aim to endow the TRINA with general-purpose motor skills to assist tasks in warehouse, social service, and manufacturing. Our research enhances the synergy of healthcare workers with shared-autonomous robots, and develop best practices for worker skill assessment and training.
- Zhi Li, Peter Moran, Qingyuan Dong, Ryan Shaw, Kris Hauser, “Development of a Tele-Nursing Mobile Manipulator for Remote Care-giving in Quarantine Areas”, In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 3581-3586. PDF