Roessingh Research and Development BV

Project dates

Full title of the project:
SoCial rOboTs to support rehabilitation Training and improve healthcare deliverY

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Project duration:
15 months

Lead Company:
Roessingh Research and Development BV (Netherlands)

Project Partner(s):

Bluecompanion (France)


In the ‘SoCial rOboTs to support rehabilitation Training and improve healthcare deliverY’ (SCOTTY) project, we will develop monitoring, training, and socializing functionality for the Pepper Robot, geared towards older adults, implement it in rehabilitation care, and evaluate the effects of this implementation with a clinical, user experience, and economic focus. The Pepper robot and software developed and implemented in the SCOTTY project will digitize the ward of centres for rehabilitation, which are currently focused on in-person care only. At the same time, the SCOTTY project will deliver an open platform for external parties to implement their services (comparable to a Google Play store), to further enrich Pepper. For example, the gaming industry can provide games that patients can play by themselves or with each other.

The SCOTTY project will deliver a proof-of-concept with regard to monitoring, training and socializing (in terms of technical development, implementation and evaluation), and will initiate the work on the exploitation of the SCOTTY cloud platform (definition of value proposition, business model, and exploitation strategy). In order to support the SCOTTY value propositions, a B2B2B structure would be most logical, where external suppliers enrich the social robot via the SCOTTY platform, and a care organization acquires the services that the platform provides. A specific Work Package will be devoted towards the development of a business model and exploitation plan that aims to exploit the service as a whole, modules, or consultancy services.

SCOTTY is a cross-border collaboration between two technology SMEs located in France and UK, a rehabilitation centre and a research & development SME which are both situated in The Netherlands. As this is a new collaboration between the partners, this will open up new networks that will foster the uptake of social robotics in the healthcare domain around Europe. In all, the consortium has the knowledge, experience, and facilities to successfully carry out the SCOTTY project.