Position paper: robots as companions and therapists in elderly care

Jorge Gallego Pérez, Manja Lohse, Vanessa Evers

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    Given the increasing portion of elderly people in the western world and severe lacks in care-taking, we believe that we should research possibilities to employ robots in elderly care. Social robots could offer companionship as well as treatment of physical and psychological disturbances. In our research, we propose to adapt treatments from positive psychology to robots in order to increase the wellbeing of elderly people in the long run. In a first study, we suggest that the role that the users will subscribe to the robot (therapist or companion) might make a severe difference on the effectiveness of the treatment and the social acceptance of the robot systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICSR 2013 : Workshop Workshop Taking care of each other
    Subtitle of host publicationSynchronisation and reciprocity for social companion robots
    Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
    PublisherVienna University of Technology
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2013
    Event5th International Conference on Social Robotics - Bristol, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Oct 201329 Oct 2013
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th International Conference on Social Robotics
    Abbreviated titleICSR 2013
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Elderly care companion robots
    • Positive psychology
    • Companion robots for therapy


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