ABOUT THERABOTâ„¢

This project is funded by NSF Award #1249488 and includes REU supplements. The Therabotâ„¢ team is in the process of developing a robotic therapy support system. The goal is to provide a small robotic dog to individuals undergoing therapy, especially those with a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The robot will be used by an individual to perform therapy exercises at home and to provide support during these practices. It will also provide support for the less frequent supervised therapy sessions. It is an autonomous, responsive robotic therapy dog that has touch sensors, the ability to record therapy sessions and instructions from a therapist for home therapy practice. It has sound localization to orient toward the user and responsive sounds to provide support. The project entails extensive mechanical design, electronics and sensors, and programming including artificial intelligence and machine learning. This project has provided many opportunities for undergraduate research projects.