<bold>Design of a robotic automation system for transportation of goods in hospitals</bold>

Ozkal A. G., Dawids S., Fan Z., Sorensen T.

International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation, Florida, United States Of America, 20 - 22 June 2007, pp.528-529 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.528-529
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Hospitals face with heavy traffic of goods everyday, where transportation tasks are mainly carried by human. Analysis of the current situation of transportation in a typical hospital showed several transportation tasks are suitable for automation. This paper presents a system, consisting of a fleet of robot vehicles, automatic stations and smart containers for automation of transportation of goods in hospitals. Design of semi-autonomous robot vehicles, containers and stations are presented and the overall system architecture is described. Implementing such a system in an existing hospital showed the need of necessary modifications to the hospital infrastructure.