The ReJAM research aims to develop Robots engaging elderly in Joint Activities with Music. It is a cooperation between the Delft University of Technology, TNO and other organizations, connecting to JAIN. The objective of ReJAM is the promotion of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social wellbeing through various music-related activities, e.g. physical exercises, games, reminiscence, and making music together. The activities are designed especially for recurring meaningful (daily) activities: ReJAM is well-suited for use in meeting centers or together with (possibly remote) visitors at home.
Research indicates that music can have positive effects on people with dementia: it relaxes people, helps them during reminiscence, lifts their spirit and mood, and stimulates social connectedness. An important challenge is to personalise the music, the activities, and the interactions, while keeping the demands placed on caregivers at a low level. We have developed a list of requirements and envisioned interactions that together provide a blueprint for a system that fits the demands, needs, desires, values, and living environment of people with dementia. This blueprint is captured in the ReJAM project and will be further researched, developed and implemented over the next years.
The Socio-Cognitive Engineering (SCE) method and tool are being applied to support (1) the human-centered research and development process, (2) the collaboration between project partners, and 3) the sharing of project outcomes for further application or development, See the Wiki SCE tool (WiSCE) tool for some examples.
Yanzhe Li is working on his Master Thesis project concerning the personalized music dialogue between a social robot (Pepper) and a person with dementia