A symbiotic autonomous robot for meal assistance to motion-impaired people

Our goal

We propose to research and develop a fully autonomous mobile arm capable of feeding people with disabilities, as tasked by a vision system. We propose that our FeedBot will learn and adapt to each individual.

With its autonomy and learning, we foresee that FeedBot will have a great impact in the quality of life of people with a wide range of motion-related disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, or stroke.


Candeias, A., Rhodes, T., Marques, M., Costeira, J.P. and Veloso, M., "Vision Augmented Robot Feeding" In Sixth International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics - ECCV Workshop, 2018 (pdf)

Candeias, A., "Feedbot: A Vision Augmented Feeding Robot", MSc Thesis, October 2018 (pdf)

Macedo, M., "Clustering of movement profiles of motor-impaired people from 2D image streams ", MSc Thesis, November 2018 (pdf)


Team Members

Manuel Marques

Researcher at IST

Manuela M. Veloso

Professor at CMU

João P. Costeira

Professor at IST

Nuno Nunes

Professor at IST, Director of M-ITI