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Oklahoma State University

Ha Manh Do Ph.D. Proposal Defense

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:00am
ES 202 – ECE conference room
Ph.D. Proposal Defense Announcement
Name: Ha Manh Do
Advisor: Dr. Weihua Sheng 
Title: Robot-assisted Elderly Care in Smart Homes
Time: May 24th 10:00 am 
Venue: ES 202 – ECE conference room
Advisor: Dr. Weihua Sheng
Ha Manh Do is currently a Ph. D. student in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at Hanoi University of Technology and Science, Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1999 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2015 at Oklahoma State University. His research interests are in the areas of mobile robotics, auditory perception, and robot-based assistive technologies in elderly care.  
This dissertation proposes a robot-integrated smart home (RiSH) framework which can be used for research in elderly care. The RiSH consists of a smart home environment, cloud servers, and remote caregivers. The smart home environment integrates a home service robot, a home sensor network, a body sensor network, and a mobile device. An open and layered architecture is proposed to guide the design and implementation of the hardware and software platform. Basic service functions are developed to allow the RiSH to recognize human body activity and the home service robot to perceive the environment through audio signals. Based on these service functions, we developed three low-level applications: 1) auditory applications based on auditory perception functions; 2) human monitoring by fusing distributed binary sensors and sound signals; 3) a conversational interface that helps the human through chatting. These applications extend the robot's perception beyond its onboard sensors. Utilizing these low-level applications, high-level applications are developed, such as comfort applications that help entertain the human and emergency applications such as fall detection and rescue. Experimental results are provided to validate and evaluate the testbed and the associated capabilities. This testbed can be employed in developing assistive technologies for the elderly when they live independently at home.