Assistance Robot Race

People with severe motor impairments or missing limbs to both the upper and the lower extremities have limited autonomy when interacting with their physical environment resulting from their disability. Tasks such as shopping for groceries independently, eating and drinking, personal hygiene, or dishwashing are just a few examples in which these people might depend on a care person.

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Assistance Robot Race Tasks



Grasping objects from within confined space can be of particular challenge to robotic grippers. Such tasks are further exacerbated if the object has a smooth surface and offers little to no opportunity to be gripped (e.g., due to size or the lack of a handle).

In this task, the pilot must remove a parcel from a mailbox and transport it to a target location.



Many powered wheelchair users require the help of a caregiver to complete tasks of personal hygiene. For assistance robots, such situations pose a particular challenge. On the one hand, because the involved objects have heterogenic properties (e.g., shape, compliance, texture), on the other hand, due to the required interaction between the device and the pilot during which safety must be guaranteed at any time.

In this task, the pilot must use a toothbrush.



Assistance robots must be able to carry out a multitude of manipulation tasks of a wide range of objects when carrying out household work. Soft objects such as cloth can be difficult to manipulate in particular.

In this task, the pilot must hang a scarf on a clothesline with the help of the assistance robot.



Emptying a dishwasher of clean tableware is a great challenge to an assistance robot since space for grasping objects is limited and because there are many ways to put the tableware in the dishwasher initially.

In this task, pilots must empty a dishwasher.

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