Autonomous Mobile Robots in Hospital Logistics

Giuseppe Fragapane*, Hans Henrik Hvolby, Fabio Sgarbossa, Jan Ola Strandhagen

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The recent advances in technology have increased flexibility in indoor mobility and human-robot collaboration, opening up new opportunities to perform material handling tasks, especially in narrow, dynamic environments, such as hospitals. Sensing devices, powerful on-board computers, artificial intelligence, and collaborative equipment allow autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to drive and fulfill material handling activities autonomously. In hospitals, material handling activities are widely performed manually. This study investigates five innovative applications of AMRs, highlighting their benefits compared with other material handling systems applied in hospitals, and presenting research needs. The study concludes that AMRs can support and collaborate closely with hospital personnel to increase value-added time for patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems. The Path to Digital Transformation and Innovation of Production Management Systems - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2020, Proceedings
EditorsBojan Lalic, Ugljesa Marjanovic, Vidosav Majstorovic, Gregor von Cieminski, David Romero
Number of pages8
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9783030579920
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2020 - Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 30 Aug 20203 Sep 2020


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2020
CityNovi Sad
SeriesI F I P Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume591 IFIP


  • Autonomous mobile robots
  • Hospital
  • Logistics
  • Material handling


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