A robot of my own: Participatory design of socially assistive robots for independently living older adults diagnosed with depression

Selma Šabanović, Wan Ling Chang, Casey C. Bennett, Jennifer A. Piatt, David Hakken

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Abstract

This paper presents an ongoing project using participatory design methods to develop design concepts for socially assistive robots (SARs) with older adults diagnosed with depression and co-occurring physical illness. We frame SARs development in the context of preventive patient-centered healthcare, which empowers patients as the primary drivers of health and aims to delay the onset of disease rather than focusing on treatment. After describing how SARs can be of benefit in this form of healthcare, we detail our participatory design study with older adults and therapists aimed at developing preventive SARs applications for this population. We found therapists and older adults to be willing and able to participate in assistive robot design, though hands-on participation was a challenge. Our findings suggest that important areas of concern for older adults with depression are social interaction and companionship, as well as technologies that are easy to use and require minimal intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Aging - 1st International Conference, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Proceedings
EditorsGavriel Salvendy, Gavriel Salvendy, Jia Zhou
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages104-114
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319208916
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Event1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2015 Aug 22015 Aug 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9193
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period15-08-0215-08-07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Šabanović, S., Chang, W. L., Bennett, C. C., Piatt, J. A., & Hakken, D. (2015). A robot of my own: Participatory design of socially assistive robots for independently living older adults diagnosed with depression. In G. Salvendy, G. Salvendy, & J. Zhou (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population: Design for Aging - 1st International Conference, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Proceedings (pp. 104-114). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9193). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20892-3_11