Mobile Sensor Networks for Independent Living and Safety at Home

The senior population in the U.S. will grow to 72 million by 2030, representing 20% of the total U.S. population. As a result, there is a growing need for computer and information technology to improve senior citizen quality of living while reducing the overall cost of health care. CITRIS researchers developed a mobile sensor platform for use in monitoring, home security, and personal assistance using relatively inexpensive hardware. Using a research version of Roomba, the iRobot Create platform, researchers found a solution that would be able to monitor a senior without disruption of daily activities while remaining relatively inexpensive. However, using inexpensive components also created a challenge for researchers. Ultimately, the main objective of this project is to develop robust inference algorithms and multi-robot coordination methods to overcome the problems arising from using inexpensive hardware.