An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots

Socially assistive robots have been used in the care of elderly or dependent people, particularly with patients suffering from neurological diseases, like autism and dementia. There are some proposals, but there are no standardized mechanisms for assessing a particular robot’s suitability for specif...

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Main Authors: Francisco Martin Ricoín, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera, Jonatan Ginés Clavero, Ángel Manuel Guerrero-Higueras, Vicente Matellán Olivera
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: MDPI AG 2020-07-01
Series:Sensors
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Online Access:https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/20/14/3912
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spelling doaj-10b7d7d330fa48a68b585e82662392ff2020-11-25T02:48:11ZengMDPI AGSensors1424-82202020-07-01203912391210.3390/s20143912An Acceptance Test for Assistive RobotsFrancisco Martin Ricoín0Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera1Jonatan Ginés Clavero2Ángel Manuel Guerrero-Higueras3Vicente Matellán Olivera4Intelligent Robotics Lab, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Madrid, SpainGroup of Robotics, University of León, 24006 León, SpainIntelligent Robotics Lab, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Madrid, SpainGroup of Robotics, University of León, 24006 León, SpainGroup of Robotics, University of León, 24006 León, SpainSocially assistive robots have been used in the care of elderly or dependent people, particularly with patients suffering from neurological diseases, like autism and dementia. There are some proposals, but there are no standardized mechanisms for assessing a particular robot’s suitability for specific therapy. This paper reports the evaluation of an acceptance test for assistive robots applied to people with dementia. The proposed test focuses on evaluating the suitability of a robot during therapy sessions. The test measures the rejection of the robot by the patient based on observational data. This test would recommend what kind of robot and what functionalities can be used in therapy. The novelty of this approach is the formalization of a specific validation process that only considers the reaction of the person to whom the robot is applied, and may be used more effectively than existing tests, which may not be adequate for evaluating assistance robots. The test’s feasibility was tested by applying it to a set of dementia patients in a specialized care facility.https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/20/14/3912assistive robotsacceptance testdementia
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Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera
Jonatan Ginés Clavero
Ángel Manuel Guerrero-Higueras
Vicente Matellán Olivera
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Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera
Jonatan Ginés Clavero
Ángel Manuel Guerrero-Higueras
Vicente Matellán Olivera
An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots
Sensors
assistive robots
acceptance test
dementia
author_facet Francisco Martin Ricoín
Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera
Jonatan Ginés Clavero
Ángel Manuel Guerrero-Higueras
Vicente Matellán Olivera
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title An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots
title_short An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots
title_full An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots
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title_full_unstemmed An Acceptance Test for Assistive Robots
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series Sensors
issn 1424-8220
publishDate 2020-07-01
description Socially assistive robots have been used in the care of elderly or dependent people, particularly with patients suffering from neurological diseases, like autism and dementia. There are some proposals, but there are no standardized mechanisms for assessing a particular robot’s suitability for specific therapy. This paper reports the evaluation of an acceptance test for assistive robots applied to people with dementia. The proposed test focuses on evaluating the suitability of a robot during therapy sessions. The test measures the rejection of the robot by the patient based on observational data. This test would recommend what kind of robot and what functionalities can be used in therapy. The novelty of this approach is the formalization of a specific validation process that only considers the reaction of the person to whom the robot is applied, and may be used more effectively than existing tests, which may not be adequate for evaluating assistance robots. The test’s feasibility was tested by applying it to a set of dementia patients in a specialized care facility.
topic assistive robots
acceptance test
dementia
url https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/20/14/3912
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