Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction with Young Users

TitleLong-Term Human-Robot Interaction with Young Users
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBaxter, P. E., Belpaeme T., Cañamero L., Cosi P., Demiris Y., Enescu V., Hiolle A., Kruijff-Korbayová I., Looije R., Nalin M., Neerincx M. A., Sahli H., Sommavilla G., Tesser F., & Wood R.
Name of ProceedingsProc. ACM/IEEE Human-Robot Interaction conference (HRI-2011) (Robots with Children Workshop)
Conference LocationLausanne, Switzerland

Artificial companion agents have the potential to combine novel means for effective health communication with young patients support and entertainment. However, the theory and practice of long-term child-robot interaction is currently an underdeveloped area of research. This paper introduces an approach that integrates multiple functional aspects necessary to implement temporally extended human-robot interaction in the setting of a paediatric ward. We present our methodology for the implementation of a companion robot which will be used to support young patients in hospital as they learn to manage a lifelong metabolic disorder (diabetes). The robot will interact with patients over an extended period of time. The necessary functional aspects are identified and introduced, and a review of the technical challenges involved is presented.