IBM Cloud Services enhance automatic cognitive assessment via human-robot interaction

VARRASI, Simone, LUCAS, Alexandr, SORANZO, Alessandro, MCNAMARA, John and DI NUOVO, Alessandro (2018). IBM Cloud Services enhance automatic cognitive assessment via human-robot interaction. In: WENGER, P., CHEVALLEREAU, C., PISLA, D., BLEULER, H. and RODIC, A., (eds.) New trends in medical and service robotics : advances in theory and practice. Mechanisms and Machine Science, 65 . Netherlands, Springer, 165-176.

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    Thanks to recent developments in artificial intelligence and social robotics, Hu-man-Robot Interaction (HRI) can be used as a non-invasive screening tool for the assessment of cognitive decline. In this scenario, the robot manages the assess-ment by providing the instructions to the patient, registering his/her answers and objectively calculating the final score. This service can help to save time and reach a wider population. From the technical point of view, a challenge is to achieve a highly reliable speech and visual recognition as required for a valid scor-ing of performance. In this article, we evaluate a system for cognitive assessment that makes use of the IBM AI Cloud services embodied in one of the most popular platforms for social robotics: the SoftBank Pepper. Results of a pilot study with 16 human par-ticipants shows that IBM Cloud services for speech and visual recognition can improve the system performance in comparison with standard interfaces. Im-portantly, the improvement allows achieving a significant correlation with one of the most used paper-and-pencil tests and, therefore, the study demonstrates the validity of the robotic approach for cognitive assessment

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: From 6-th International Workshop on New Trends in Medical and Service Robotics MESROB 2018 Series ISSN: 2211-0984
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
    Psychology Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
    Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
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    Page Range: 165-176
    Depositing User: Alessandro Soranzo
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 09:31
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 15:01

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