Research project

Robots and the Future of Welfare Services (ROSE)

Project Details
Start date: 01/05/2015
End date: 31/12/2020

Academy of Finland


Two parallel revolutions are currently taking place in post-industrial
societies including Finland: 1) enormous growth in the demand for welfare and
health services and 2) the rise of new generation cognitive robots. While
service robots have great potential for health and welfare, the application
area is challenging due to centrality of ethical and social issues and the
strong role of legislation.

Robots and the future of welfare services (ROSE) focuses on
the opportunities for novel robot enabled services, especially in welfare and
health services. The project adopts a multidisciplinary and holistic approach
to study how advances in robot and perception technologies allow product and
service innovation and renewal of welfare services, when such services are
developed jointly with users and other stakeholders. In addition, the uptake of
the new services requires the study of ethical issues and stakeholder
participation (all partners). All these disciplines will be active on the three
levels of analysis: Individuals (human/robot interaction, ethics, individual
support functions), Services and service organization (welfare services enabled
by robots in different roles) and Society (societal acceptance, renewal of
service systems, innovation ecosystem).

The consortium leader is Professor Ville Kyrki from Aalto
University. Including LUT Lahti, the partners comprise Tampere University, VTT and Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

In the LUT project the study scans a wide range of themes with
special emphasis on the Society level (innovation ecosystem of service robots),
as well as on the changes of the service system. The LUT project team comprises
project leader, Professor Helinä Melkas, project manager, Senior Researcher Lea
Hennala, Senior Researcher Satu Pekkarinen, Senior Researcher Satu Parjanen and Post-doctoral Researcher Outi

service robotics, welfare services, healthcare services, health technology, innovation ecosystems, business ecosystems, systemic
innovations, socio-technological transitions, philosophy of human-robot co-existence, human-robot interaction

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