From Social Practices to Social Robots: User-Driven Robot Development in Elder Care

Matthias Rehm, Antonia Lina Krummheuer, Kasper Rodil, Mai Nguyen, Bjørn Thorlacius

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It has been shown that the development of social robots for the elder care sector is primarily technology driven and relying on stereotypes about old people.We are focusing instead on the actual social practices that will be targeted by social robots. We provide details of this interdisciplinary approach and highlight its applicability and usefulness with field examples from an elder care home. These examples include ethnographic field studies as well as workshops with staff and residents. The goal is to identify and agree with both groups on social practices, where the use of a social robot might be beneficial. The paper ends with a case study of a robot, which frees staff from repetitive and time consuming tasks while at the same time allowing residents to reclaim
some independence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Number of pages10
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47436-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47437-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) -
Duration: 1 Nov 20163 Nov 2016


Conference8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)
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  • Social robotics
  • Participatory Design
  • Social practice


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