Designerly Scaffoldings for Co-designing Social Robots and Human-Robot Interaction.

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Autism impacts around 5 million people in the EU (Autism-Europe). Research has shown that social robots, due to their deterministic nature, simplified appearance and technological capabilities, can enable therapy or become assistive technology for empowering autistic individuals with household activities. Consequently, toolkits have emerged for prototyping social robots. Regarding such toolkits, there is a methodological, inclusion gap: there is no comprehensive, scaffolded co-design process to include cognitively disadvantaged users in decision-making regarding robots’ fundamental design choices. To overcome this gap and empower autistic adults to truly design their own (non-preprogrammed) robots, this research explores a social robot toolkit driven by designerly scaffoldings for driving participatory design activities.


Workshop1st International Workshop on Designerly HRI Knowledge 2020
OtherHeld in conjunction with the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020)
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