Investigating User’s Preference for Anthropomorphism of a Social Robot Trainer in Physical Rehabilitation

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Abstract

Developments in social robotics raise the prospect of robots coaching and interacting with patient during rehabilitation training assuming a role of a trainer. This raises questions regarding the acceptance of robots in this role and more specifically, to what extent the robot should be anthropomorphic. This paper presents the results of an online experiment designed to evaluate the user acceptance of Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) as rehabilitation trainers, and the effect of anthropomorphism on this matter. User attitudes were surveyed with regards to variations of the robot’s anthropomorphism as a rehabilitation trainer. The results show that 1) participants are accepting towards SAR-assisted rehabilitation therapies, 2) higher anthropomorphism is generally preferred but does not affect patient’s acceptance towards such therapy and technology. Qualitative data brings insight to patient technology acceptance, needs for rehabilitation training and the effect of anthropomorphism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - 12th International Joint Conference, BIOSTEC 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAna Roque, Hugo Gamboa, Arkadiusz Tomczyk, Elisabetta De Maria, Felix Putze, Roman Moucek, Ana Fred
PublisherSpringer
Pages381-394
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030469696
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 22 Feb 201924 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1211 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2019
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period22/02/1924/02/19

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Rehabilitation user-centered design
  • Socially Assistive Robot

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