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Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction with Young Users

Baxter P, Belpaeme T, Cañamero L, Enescu V, Brussel V ...see all

Memory, issue March (2011) p. in press

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Artificial companion agents have the potential to combine novel means for effective health communication with young patients sup- port and entertainment. However, the theory and practice of long- term child-robot interaction is currently an under-developed area of research. This paper introduces an approach that integrates multi- ple 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.

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  • Paul Baxter

  • Tony Belpaeme

  • Lola Cañamero

  • Valentin Enescu

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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