Steps Toward Participatory Design of Social Robots: Mutual Learning with Older Adults with Depression

Hee Rin Lee, Selma Sabanovi, Wan Ling Chang, Shinichi Nagata, Jennifer Piatt, Casey Bennett, David Hakken

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of research aimed at developing a methodology for the participatory design of social robots, which are meant to be incorporated into various social contexts (e.g. home, work) and establish social relations with people. In contrast to the dominant technologically driven robot development process, we aim to develop a socially robust and responsible approach to robot design using Participatory Design (PD) methods. The PD process builds on participants' self-identified issues and concerns, and develops robot concepts according to participants' interpretations of the capabilities and potential applications of robotic technologies. We present methodological insights from an ongoing PD project aimed at designing socially assistive robots with older adults diagnosed with depression and their therapists, and identify remaining challenges in this project. We particularly focus on supporting mutual learning between researchers and participants and on promoting active participation of older adults as "designers" (rather than consumers) as foundational aspects of PD. We conclude with reflections regarding how this work can contribute to the further development of social robots and relevant PD methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages244-253
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343367
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 6
Event12th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2017 Mar 62017 Mar 9

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
VolumePart F127194
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference12th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2017
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period17-03-0617-03-09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Lee, H. R., Sabanovi, S., Chang, W. L., Nagata, S., Piatt, J., Bennett, C., & Hakken, D. (2017). Steps Toward Participatory Design of Social Robots: Mutual Learning with Older Adults with Depression. In HRI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 244-253). (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction; Vol. Part F127194). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1145/2909824.3020237