A Mobile Social Hand Disinfection Robot for Use in Hospitals

Oskar Palinko, Rasmus Peter Junge, Daniel Gahner Holm, Leon Bodenhagen

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Prevention of infectious diseases as the Covid-19 is of essential importance for the well-being of humanity. This is especially so at hospitals, where many vulnerable individuals frequent. Hand disinfection is one of the methods for preventing communicable diseases. In this paper we introduce a new modular mobile service robot designed for hand disinfection in hospitals and other public spaces. It consists of two separable parts: the driving base and the disinfection stand. The base was made in a horseshoe shape which allows it to lift its payload (the stand) near its center of gravity and distribute the weight evenly on its four wheels. The stand is able to function both in conjunction with the base and also autonomously. The whole robot was designed with social interaction in mind to achieve better hand sanitization compliance, which is of essential importance in hospitals for preventing infectious diseases. We conducted a test of how well the robot is able to find and approach people in its vicinity who face different directions. Even though the robot does not achieve its goal position ideally, it always ends up facing the user, which is even more important for starting an interaction than reaching its goal position very precisely.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 14th International Conference, ICSR 2022, Proceedings
EditorsFilippo Cavallo, John-John Cabibihan, Laura Fiorini, Alessandra Sorrentino, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Yoshio Matsumoto, Shuzhi Sam Ge
PublisherSpringer Nature
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-24669-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-24670-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event14th International Conference on Social Robotics - Florence, Italy
Duration: 13. Dec 202216. Dec 2022
Conference number: 14


Conference14th International Conference on Social Robotics
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Hand disinfection
  • Healthcare robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Social robotics


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  • HanDiRob

    Bodenhagen, L. & Palinko, O.


    Project: EU

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