Companion robots for elderly people: Using theatre to investigate potential users' views

M.L. Walters, K.L. Koay, D.S. Syrdal, A. Campbell, K. Dautenhahn

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A theatre production of a play illustrating the functionality, social and ethical aspects of robots helping with aspects of elderly care was presented at a residential care home. The audience consisted of mainly elderly residents and carers. The residents suffered from various physical and mental disabilities which impaired their ability to provide responses through standard questionnaires. Therefore, additional structured interviews were used to gain insight into their views on the theatre scenario. Both carers and residents were generally positive towards the idea of using robots to help with care. Residents in particular stressed the desire for care robots to also provide social interaction and entertainment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2013)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781479905072
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventRO-MAN 2013 IEEE - Gyeongju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013


ConferenceRO-MAN 2013 IEEE
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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