The Robotics for Assistive Technology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) aims to improve the technology which enables robotics to infiltrate our daily lives. Robots are becoming increasingly integrated into society, performing useful tasks in the home and elsewhere. The introduction of robotics and technology-supported environments will play a huge role in allowing the elderly and people with physical disabilities to keep living a self-determined, independent life in their familiar surroundings. Individuals who are elderly or have a disability require novel approaches for communicating efficiently with robotic-assisted services in their living environments and even an unstructured environment with safety and reliability.
The development of such systems should be focused on cost-effectiveness, ease of control, and safe operation, in order to enhance the autonomy and independence of such individuals, minimizing at the same time the necessity for a caregiver.
Students who participated in the Robotics for Assistive Technology REU spent two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or vocational rehabilitation.