Publication Details

David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić. "Defining Socially Assistive Robotics." In International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), page 465-468, Chicago, IL, Jun 2005. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2005.1501143 ( pdf )

  • Keywords:
  • autism
  • HRI
  • socially assistive robotics


This paper defines the research area of socially assistive robotics. While much attention has been paid to robots that provide assistance to a human through physical contact (which we call contact assistive robotics), and to robots that entertain through social interaction (social interactive robotics), there has not so far been a clear definition of socially assistive robotics. We summarize active social assistive research projects and classify them by target population, domain, and interaction methods. While distinguishing these from socially interactive robotics endeavors, we discuss challenges and opportunities that are specific to socially assistive robotics as a growing field.

Author Details

Name: David Feil-Seifer
Phone: (775) 784-6469
Status: Active

Name: Maja Matarić
Status: Inactive

BibTex Reference

  title={Defining Socially Assistive Robotics},
  author={David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić},
  address={Chicago, IL},
  booktitle={International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)},

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<span class="authors">David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić</span>. <span class="title">"Defining Socially Assistive Robotics." </span> In <span class="booktitle">International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)</span>, <span class="page">page 465-468</span>, <span class="address">Chicago, IL</span>, <span class="month">Jun</span> <span class="year">2005</span>. <span class="ending"></span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2005.1501143</span>