Exploring Taiwanese nursing homes as product ecologies for assistive robots

Wan Ling Chang, Selma Sabanovic

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Abstract

Nursing homes and long-term care institutions often need technological assistance because of the high ratio of low-functioning residents coupled with a shortage of caregivers. To explore the potential uses of emerging robotic technologies in nursing homes, we apply Forlizzi's concept of the product ecology and a user-centered design approach involving field observations and focus groups to understand what kind of robot design would be suitable for the nursing home context. Our results show that instead of robots replacing human labor, nursing home staff prefer robot assistants who fit into their work process. We also learned the most appropriate functions for robots in nursing homes were helping with minor tasks and encouraging social interaction among residents. Our study was performed in two nursing homes in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARSO 2014 - Workshop Digest, IEEE International Workshop on Advance Robotics and its Social Impacts
EditorsHenny Admoni, Tamim Asfour, Cindy Bethel, David Bourne, Anca Dragan, David Feil-Seifer, Birgit Graf, Jeonghye Han, Nathan Kirchner, Masashi Konyo, Shinya Kotosaka, Sonya Kwak, Changchun Liu, Bruce MacDonald, Selma Sabanovic, Pericle Salvini, Sebastian Scherer, Masahiro Shiomi, Giancarlo Teti, Stephen Tully, Bram Vanderborght, Kazuyoshi Wada, Britta Wrede, Fumin Zhang
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages32-37
Number of pages6
EditionJanuary
ISBN (Electronic)9781479969685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 23
Event9th IEEE International Workshop on Advance Robotics and its Social Impacts, ARSO 2014 - Evanston, United States
Duration: 2014 Sep 112014 Sep 13

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, ARSO
NumberJanuary
Volume2015-January
ISSN (Print)2162-7568
ISSN (Electronic)2162-7576

Conference

Conference9th IEEE International Workshop on Advance Robotics and its Social Impacts, ARSO 2014
CountryUnited States
CityEvanston
Period14-09-1114-09-13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Chang, W. L., & Sabanovic, S. (2015). Exploring Taiwanese nursing homes as product ecologies for assistive robots. In H. Admoni, T. Asfour, C. Bethel, D. Bourne, A. Dragan, D. Feil-Seifer, B. Graf, J. Han, N. Kirchner, M. Konyo, S. Kotosaka, S. Kwak, C. Liu, B. MacDonald, S. Sabanovic, P. Salvini, S. Scherer, M. Shiomi, G. Teti, S. Tully, B. Vanderborght, K. Wada, B. Wrede, ... F. Zhang (Eds.), ARSO 2014 - Workshop Digest, IEEE International Workshop on Advance Robotics and its Social Impacts (January ed., pp. 32-37). [7020976] (Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, ARSO; Vol. 2015-January, No. January). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ARSO.2014.7020976