Semi-Autonomous Teleoperated Learning In-Home Service Robots for Elderly Care: A Qualitative Study on Needs and Perceptions of Elderly People, Family Caregivers, and Professional Caregivers
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics, Varna, Bulgaria, October 1-6, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper reports the results of a user requirement study for a robotic system aiming to support independent living of the elderly. A concept is investigated where caregivers would teleoperate and teach a domestic service robot on tasks it currently cannot perform autonomously. Focus groups were carried out in three European countries with 59 participants. Results show a preference for emergency and household functions among elderly and caregivers. However, most professional caregivers stated to prefer personal contact to the assisted person and opposed the prospect of being a teleoperator. Some family caregivers welcomed teleoperation because it would free them from being bound to the elderly’s home; others showed reservations, mainly due to concerns of having even less time for themselves. Implications for the design of a robotic system are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Service Robot, Teleoperation, Learning, Elderly, Caregiver, User Requirements
Human Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106189OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106189DiVA: diva2:714516
20th International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics, Varna, Bulgaria, October 1-6