Publication Details

David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić. "Using Robots to Augment (not Replace) People in Therapeutic Settings." Refereed Workshop Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), Jul 2011. Workshop on HRI: Perspectives and contributions to robotics from the human sciences.


  • Keywords:
  • autism
  • HRI
  • socially assistive robotics

Abstract

The use of robots to assist people presents a wide range of potential benefits. Specifically, therapeutic robots can provide assistance in companionship, education, and health-care domains. However, there are also costs and a potential for harm associated with this prospect. A significant risk of therapeutic robots is that the use of a robot could reduce the amount of human contact a user might receive. This is particularly troubling for populations at risk for social isolation, such as the elderly in nursing homes and children with developmental disorders, two of the most widely-studied populations for robot-assisted therapies. We examine the use of robots to augment rather than replace humans in therapeutic settings.

Author Details

Name: David Feil-Seifer
email: dave@cse.unr.edu
Website: http://cse.unr.edu/~dave
Phone: (775) 784-6469
Status: Active

Name: Maja Matarić
email: maja@cs.usc.edu
Website: http://robotics.usc.edu/~maja
Status: Inactive

BibTex Reference

@inproceedings{feil-seifer2011using,
  title={Using Robots to Augment (not Replace) People in Therapeutic Settings},
  author={David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić},
  year={2011},
  month={July},
  publisher={Workshop on HRI: Perspectives and contributions to robotics from the human sciences},
  booktitle={Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)},
}

HTML Reference

<span class="authors">David Feil-Seifer and Maja Matarić</span>. <span class="title">"Using Robots to Augment (not Replace) People in Therapeutic Settings." </span> Refereed Workshop <span class="booktitle">Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)</span>, <span class="month">Jul</span> <span class="year">2011</span>. <span class="ending">Workshop on HRI: Perspectives and contributions to robotics from the human sciences.</span>