Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction with Young Users
|Title||Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction with Young Users|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Baxter, 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 Proceedings||Proc. ACM/IEEE Human-Robot Interaction conference (HRI-2011) (Robots with Children Workshop)|
|Conference Location||Lausanne, 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.