Interactive multimodal social robot for improving quality of care of elderly in Australian nursing homes

Rajiv Khosla, Mei-Tai Chu, Reza Kachouie, Keiji Yamada, Fujita Yoshihiro, Tomoharu Yamaguchi

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This paper describes the design of multimodal robotic system, embodiment of multimodal interaction (voice, gestures, emotion, touch panel and dance) in assistive social robot (Matilda) for modeling group based and one-to-one interactions with technology adverse elderly in nursing homes. It describes the human-centered evaluation of Matilda based on quality, naturalness, user satisfaction and predictive accuracy based on first ever field trials in Australia. The multimodal social robots have facilitated breaking the technology barriers with the elderly leading to several aged care facilities and community centers showing interest in future trials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM '12 Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
EditorsHiroshi Mo, Chamin Morikawa
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450310895
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Conference on Multimedia 2012 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 29 Oct 20122 Nov 2012
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceACM International Conference on Multimedia 2012
Abbreviated titleMM 2012
OtherProceedings of the 20th ACM international conference on Multimedia
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  • assitive social tobot
  • dementia
  • multimodal interaction
  • old people

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