Mataric', center, with Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) standing, and fellow experts Tandy Trower of Microsoft, left, and Howie Choset of CMU.
She focused on her area of research, socially assistive robotics, and its use for for helping large and growing populations including children with autism, adults recovering from stroke, and elders suffering from chronic conditions.
Use of such robots, Mataric' told the legislators, can reduce health costs, improve health outcomes, provide personalized treatment and efficient monitoring, in a way that she said, is affordable and, — because the robots interact socially, rather than physically — inherently safe.
"It is a great opportunity," she said.
The next Caucus briefing will take place October 15, and deal with possible use of robots in K-12 education.