Assistive robotics competition RoboWaiter: A new approach to integrating robotics and socially responsible education

Ahlgren, D. and Verner, I. (2010) Assistive robotics competition RoboWaiter: A new approach to integrating robotics and socially responsible education. [Conference Proceedings]

Full text not available from this resource.
Official URL:


This paper reports on RoboWaiter-the first robot competition in the rapidly growing area of assistive robotics-that was conducted in conjunction with the annual international Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest in 2009. Organized with active participation of members of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, RoboWaiter's overarching goals were to promote awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities while providing an engineering challenge to designers of all levels of skill within an atmosphere of friendly, team-based competition. An additional goal was to encourage students to think about responsibilities of engineers to society. In this paper we describe the RoboWaiter 2009 assignment and the associated engineering challenge, and we present results of our educational studies. We also discuss the potential of the RoboWaiter competition for developing and demonstrating assistive robotics technologies, providing a fruitful environment for robotics and opportunities for socially responsible education. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2010.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Conference code: 81438; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Ahlgren, D.; Department of Engineering, Trinity CollegeIreland; References: defmarketresearchrpts/assisttechrept/4intro.htm, U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Assessment of the U.S. Assistive Technology Industry(2004),, Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits. Assistive Technology Industry Association and Special Education Assistive Technology Center(2005) Assistive Technology and Information Technology Use and Need by Persons with Disabilities in the United States, ,, U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Hai, N., Kemp, C.C., Bio-inspired assistive robotics: Service dogs as a model for human-robot interaction and mobile manipulation (2008) Proceedings of the IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2008), pp. 542-549; Verner, I.M., Ahlgren, D.J., Robot projects and competitions as education design experiments (2007) Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing Journal, Special Issue on Educational Robotics, 13 (1), pp. 57-68; Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest, ,, website; 119 different robot competitions will be held in 2009-2010 academic/school year Among Them There Is Only One Assistive Robotics Competition, ,, According to, RoboWaiter; grand_valley_state_university_21.html,, G.E., O'Reilly, M.F., Campodonico, F., Mantini, M., Increasing indices of happiness and positive engagement in persons with profound multiple disabilities (2002) Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 14 (3), pp. 231-237; Ahlgren, D., Verner, I., Baker, M.L.J., Legault, A., Preneta., E., RoboWaiter: The assistive mobile robot competition (2009) Workshop Presented at the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, , Albuquerque, October
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assistive robotics; Connecticut; Developmental disability; Engineering challenges; Fire fighting; Home robot; New approaches; Persons with disabilities; Robot competitions; Trinity College; Competition; Education; Handicapped persons; Robotics; Robots
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 03:07
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 03:07

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year