A brief review of robotics technologies to support social interventions for older users

CONTI, Daniela, DI NUOVO, Santo and DI NUOVO, Alessandro (2020). A brief review of robotics technologies to support social interventions for older users. In: ZIMMERMANN, A, HOWLETT, RJ and JAIN, LC, (eds.) Human Centred Intelligence Systems. Proceedings of KES-HCIS 2020 Conference. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies (189). Singapore, Springer, 221-232.

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In the last few decades, various studies demonstrated numerous robotics applications that can tackle the problem of the ageing population by supporting older people to live longer and independently at home. This article reviews the scientific literature and highlights how social robots can help the daily life of older people and be useful also as assessment tools for mild physical and mental conditions. It will underline the aspects of usability and acceptability of robotic solutions for older persons. Indeed, the design should maximise these to improve the users' attitude towards the actual use of the robots. The article discusses the advantages and concerns about the use of robotics technology in the social context with a vulnerable population. In this field, success is to assist social workers, not to replace them. We conclude recommending that care benefits should be balanced against ethical costs.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2190-3018
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5784-2_18
Page Range: 221-232
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 30 May 2021 01:18
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26051

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