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Investigating the suitability of social robots for the wellbeing of the elderly

Hutson, Suzanne, Lim, Soo Ling, Bentley, Peter J., Bianchi-Berthouze, Nadia and Bowling, Ann (2011) Investigating the suitability of social robots for the wellbeing of the elderly [in special issue: Affective computing and intelligent interaction] Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6974, 578 - 587. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-24600-5_61).

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This study aims to understand if, and how, social robots can promote wellbeing in the elderly. The existing literature suggests that social robots have the potential to improve wellbeing in the elderly, but existing robots focus more on healthcare and healthy behaviour among the elderly. This work describes a new investigation based on focus groups and home studies, in which we produced a set of requirements for social robots that reduce loneliness and improve psychological wellbeing among the elderly. The requirements were validated with the participants of our study. We anticipate that the results of this work will lead to the design of a new social robot more suited to improving wellbeing of the elderly.

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Published date: 2011
Keywords: wellbeing, elderly, social robots
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 334524
ISSN: 0302-9743
PURE UUID: 51d5b1b6-7d2c-4f30-ad4f-f19ecb77afe4

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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2012 15:51
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:11

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Author: Suzanne Hutson
Author: Soo Ling Lim
Author: Peter J. Bentley
Author: Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze
Author: Ann Bowling

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