MINA: Multitasking Intelligent Nursing Aid robotic system


Nurses play vital roles in healthcare and make up the largest section of health professions. Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about health conditions. In the U.S., there are more than 3.8 million RNs nationwide. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of RNs is estimated to grow 12% from 2018-2028. We envision the future of work for RNs to be enhanced by a Multitasking Intelligent Nurse Aid (MINA) robotic system. Our goal is to use MINA to augment RNs by performing non-critical tasks such as fetching and carrying supplies, or taking contactless vital signs, and providing information, communication, confidence and as-needed help.

Through our initial interviews with nurses, we have identified several tasks of high importance. We are currently focusing our efforts on two tasks:

Fig 1: Preliminary setup of the robot. Here, we have mounted a 7 degree of freedom Franka Emika panda arm to the ridgeback mobile base at UTARI.

Research Team

Prof. Fillia Makedon


Dr. Nicholas Gans


Dr. Muthu Wijesundara


Dr. Deborah F Behan


Dr. George Simens


Dr. Donald Hicks


Dr. Matthew Brown


Dr. Maria Kyrarini


Akilesh Rajavenkatanarayanan

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Harish Ram Nambiappan

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Jackson Liler

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Mohammadreza Davoodi

Research Scientist III - UTARI

Cody Lundberg

Research Engineer II - UTARI

Michael Araujo

Research Scientist II - UTARI