Distributed Robotics


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Robotics for care

Increasing the cognitive abilities of robots to assist patients, support nurses and doctors and carry out monitoring activities in hospitals.


Needs and functionalities

  • Improve the cognitive abilities of robots to operate in a real environment.
  • Enabling robots to perceive the environment and people, understand it, react and behave appropriately and navigate autonomously.

Used technologies

AI algorithms, including Machine Learning and Computer Vision methodologies for:

  • objects, relationships, people activity and situation recognition;
  • psychophysical status assessment and behaviour analysis;
  • age and gender estimation.

Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe Solution

Our solutions enhance robots with increased cognitive abilities. Our goal is to introduce assistive robotics in the healthcare domain, to assist patients and support the work of doctors and nurses.

The latest and most advanced Artificial Intelligence capabilities can be directly embedded in the robots, or alternatively, used as on-demand service provided by the distributed robotics platform that is orchestrated by Cognitive Hub. By equipping robots with on-board sensors and augmenting this perception with a network of external sensors, the robots are learning to not only perceive their surroundings and people and objects within it, but also to interpret the information that they collect. This enables the robot to better adopt an appropriate response or action, and to navigate within different types of real-world environments.

We use the ability to perceive human actions and situations to monitor both the environment and the people within it. Through the usage of dedicated computer vision algorithms and RGB, Depth and Thermal camera hardware, we can evaluate the psychophysical state of people and their behaviour, providing more effective assistance, understanding the severity of a potentially dangerous situation, and adding companion skills or a first aid to diagnostics in certain scenarios.

We are working to solve some of these fundamental problems in close collaboration with both academic and industrial partners.



Robotics in hospitals for monitoring, assistance, first diagnostics and companion activity.