MARIO in schools in ItalyOur MARIO robot met the students of two high schools in San Giovanni Rotondo in the conference hall of the IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital. The participants had the possibility to learn about the MARIO project and to directly interact with the robot. Antonio Greco from Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza gave the audience a short introduction on the impact of dementia on the world population. Massimiliano Raciti from R2M presented the speech recognition component of the robot. Valentina Presutti, Alessandro Russo and Alessandra Vitanza from CNR presented how the robot makes decisions based on the surrounding environment inputs and the robot navigation module.

The funniest moment of the day was when a student was asked to go on the stage to interact with MARIO. In this case, the student answered some questions given by the robot in order to compute the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) that is used in order to evaluate the frailty level of elderly people. The questions administered by the robot referred to some basic actions of daily living and they generated smiles among students since some of them refer to the private sphere of the patients’ life.

The meeting was also the moment for the technical partners to make some live tests of the robot in the geriatric ward before beginning the official on the field.

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