Social Robotics

In the last years social robotics is gaining interest and application in a wide set of fields ranging from education to healthcare, elderly assistance to entertainment. Human robot interaction plays a special role in this area fostering participation and empowering personal abilities.

Ab.Acus is active partner in several research projects including exoskeleton for rehabilitation purposes as well as companion robots to support independent living of the elderly. Because of the important ethical implications embedded in the use of robots with vulnerable and frail people a devoted focus is set on users involvement since the early phases of the design and development.

Ab.Acus is investigating also methodological aspects related to ethics oriented design and development in robotics through the creation of innovative tools for researchers education and interactive tools to raise awareness among technicians and developers.


MUSAE - A human-centred factory for a future technological sustainable development driven by arts The MUSAE project aims to set up a Factory Model based on the Design Future Art-driven (DFA) method to strategically guide digital technology innovation and address future challenges in the food domain [...]


The goal of AGREE is the development of a device for the rehabilitation and the daily assistance of the upper limb motion to empower the person with motor disabilities in daily living activities performance.


MoveCare develops and field tests an innovative multi-actor platform that supports the independent living of the elder at home by monitoring, assisting and promoting activities to counteract decline and social exclusion.


The REELER project aims at aligning the roboticists’ visions of a future with robots with empirically-based knowledge of human needs and societal concerns. It will offer proactive steps towards ethical and responsible robots by suggesting radical changes in current robot design procedures.


The aim of the RETRAINER proposal is to tune and validate advanced, robot-based technologies to facilitate recovery of arm and hand function in stroke survivors and to verify extensively the use of the system by end-users.


MUNDUS is an assistive framework for recovering direct interaction capability of severely motor impaired people based on arm reaching and hand function. MUNDUS uses any residual control of the end-user, thus it is suitable for long term utilization in daily activities.