Our aim is to re-imagine robotic technology in care by developing technology that is useful, safe, meaningful, and wanted, through a design process that involves caregivers, people in care, care organizations, and other stakeholders. The project Caring Robots // Robotic Care is a transdisciplinary research collaboration by TU Wien, University of Salzburg, Caritas Wien, and Technisches Museum Wien.
The development of robots for use in care is a much-discussed scenario that is strongly polarized. On the one hand, there is the hope that (robotic) technology will help us meet the challenges of demographic change, support caregivers, and help people lead self-determined lives. On the other hand, there are fears that robots will replace human care and push people in need of care into social marginalization. The goal of this project is to explore possible and desirable roles of robots or similar technologies in the complex context of care. We aim to bring a wide range of actors - caregivers, clients, interest groups, users, and political decision-makers - together with experts from robotics, computer science, and sociology, to collectively ask the question how technology can and should (or should not) change the future of care.
Opening Science Corner Technical Museum Vienna
29 Sep 2022
The Technical Museum Vienna has opened an exhibition on robotics in care in cooperation with Caring Robots.
Visit of V4R & HCI Research Groups
14 Jul 2022
The Caring Robots team has visited the labs of the research groups Vision for Robotics (V4R) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) of the TU Wien.
Participatory design process started
4 Jul 2022
Recently, we started the participatory design process with exploratory field studies to gain a deeper understanding of care in different settings.