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Title: Collaborative modeling for robot design
Author(s): Sabanovic, Selma; Francisco, Matthew
Subject(s): elderly collaborative modeling robot design agent-based modeling
Abstract: In this poster, we describe a method for using grounded the- ory and modeling to support collaborative design of social robots for the elderly. Robotic technologies are being de- signed to assist people in their everyday lives in various ways: as companions [9], domestic helpers [4], receptionists [1], and educational aids [8]. In response to the steadily rising av- erage age of the population in the US, Europe, and Japan, the elderly are often designated as an appropriate audience for assistive robotic technologies. Designing robots for the elderly poses a variety of social challenges—understanding the specific needs and desires of the elderly, supporting in- dependence and human dignity, and making sure that tech- nologies can be successfully incorporated into existing social and physical environments, or “elder ecologies” [3]. These challenges suggest that designing robots for the elderly calls for attention to individual attitudes towards technologies as well as community norms and practices of social interaction and technology use.
Issue Date: 2010-02-03
Genre: Conference Poster
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15052
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-03-02
 

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