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Collaborators Launch AI-Robotics Initiative to Aid Older Adults in Daily Care


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University of Massachusetts Lowell researchers are among the scientists behind a new initiative to develop robotics and artificial-intelligence systems designed to improve the quality of life for senior citizens.

Established through a $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the new NSF AI-CARING (AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Intervention for Networked Groups) will develop artificial-intelligence systems that work with caretakers and older adults to help seniors manage their medication schedules, prepare their meals safely, and perform other activities of daily living.

Once developed, the new robotics and AI systems will be tested by seniors and families identified by the AI-CARING team. 

UMass Lowell's Distinguished University Prof. Holly Yanco is co-leading AI-CARING with Sonia Chernova, associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Other partners in the effort include Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University, and Oregon Health & Science University, with Amazon and Google as industry sponsors.

From University of Massachusetts Lowell
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