Publication Details

Maja Matarić, Jon Eriksson, David Feil-Seifer, and Carolee Winstein. "Socially Assistive Robotics for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation." In Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER), 4(5), Feb 2007. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-4-5 ( pdf )

  • Keywords:
  • HRI
  • socially assistive robotics
  • stroke


Background: Although there is a great deal of success in rehabilitative robotics applied to patient recovery post stroke, most of the research to date has dealt with providing physical assistance. However, new rehabilitation studies support the theory that not all therapy need be hands-on. We describe a new area, called socially assistive robotics, that focuses on non-contact patient/user assistance. We demonstrate the approach with an implemented and tested post-stroke recovery robot and discuss its potential for effectiveness. Results: We describe a pilot study involving an autonomous assistive mobile robot that aids stroke patient rehabilitation by providing monitoring, encouragement, and reminders. The robot navigates autonomously, monitors the patient's arm activity, and helps the patient remember to follow a rehabilitation program. We also show preliminary results from a follow-up study that focused on the role of robot physical embodiment in a rehabilitation context. Conclusions: We outline and discuss future experimental designs and factors toward the development of effective socially assistive post-stroke rehabilitation robots.

Author Details

Name: Maja Matarić
Status: Inactive

Name: Jon Eriksson
Status: Inactive

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

Name: Carolee Winstein
Status: Inactive

BibTex Reference

  title={Socially Assistive Robotics for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation},
  author={Maja Matarić and Jon Eriksson and David Feil-Seifer and Carolee Winstein},
  journal={Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER)},

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<span class="authors">Maja Matarić, Jon Eriksson, David Feil-Seifer, and Carolee Winstein</span>. <span class="title">"Socially Assistive Robotics for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation." </span> <span class="status">In</span> <span class="booktitle">Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER), </span><span class="volume">4</span><span class="number">(5)</span><span class="pg"></span>, <span class="month">Feb</span> <span class="year">2007</span>. <span class="ending"></span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-4-5</span>