PLATYPUS: An Environment for End-User Development of Robot-Assisted Physical Training

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Abstract

When robots are used for physical therapy, programming becomes too important to be left to programmers. Developing programs for training robots is time-consuming and requires expertise within multiple engineering domains, combined with physical training, therapy, and human interaction competencies. In this paper, we present Platypus: an end-user development environment that encompasses the design and execution of custom activities for robotassisted physical training. The current version ships a set of plugins for Eclipse's IDE and uses a block-based visual language to specify the robot's behaviors at a high abstraction level, which are translated into the low-level code specifications followed by the robot. As a use case, we present its implementation on RoboTrainer, a modular, rope-based pulling device for training at home. While user tests suggest that the platform has the potential to reduce the technical obstacles for building custom training scenarios, informational and design learning barriers were revealed during the tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2023 : Companion of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date13. Mar 2023
Pages342-346
ISBN (Electronic)9781450399708
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13. Mar 2023
Event18th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2023 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 13. Mar 202316. Mar 2023

Conference

Conference18th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2023
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period13/03/202316/03/2023
SponsorACM SIGAI, ACM SIGCHI, IEEE RAS

Keywords

  • assistive technology
  • end-user development
  • human-computer interaction
  • robot-assisted training

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