Robot response behaviors to accommodate hearing problems

Jered Hendrik Vroon, Jaebok Kim, Raphaël Koster

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    Abstract

    One requirement that arises for a social (semi-autonomous telepresence) robot aimed at conversations with the elderly, is to accommodate hearing problems. In this paper we compare two approaches to this requirement; (1) moving closer, mimicking the leaning behavior commonly observed in elderly with hearing problems, (2) turning up the volume, which is a more mechanical solution. Our findings with elderly participants show that they preferred the turning up of the volume, since they rated it significantly higher.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of New Friends 2015: the 1st International Conference on Social Robotics in Therapy and Education
    Place of PublicationAlmere, The Netherlands
    PublisherWindesheim Flevoland University
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
    EventNew Friends 2015, 1st International Conference on Social Robotics in Therapy and Education - Almere, Netherlands
    Duration: 22 Oct 201523 Oct 2015
    Conference number: 1

    Publication series

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    PublisherWindesheim Flevoland University

    Conference

    ConferenceNew Friends 2015, 1st International Conference on Social Robotics in Therapy and Education
    CountryNetherlands
    CityAlmere
    Period22/10/1523/10/15
    Other22-23 October 2015

    Keywords

    • Telepresence robot
    • EWI-26145
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/2007-2013
    • IR-96987
    • Hearing problems
    • METIS-312672
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/611153

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