Modelling engagement in dementia through behaviour : contribution for socially interactive robotics

Giulia Perugia, Marta Díaz Doladeras, Andreu Català Mallofré, Matthias Rauterberg, Emilia Barakova

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    In this paper, we present a novel tool to measure engagement in people with dementia playing board games and interacting with a social robot, Pleo. We carried out two studies to reach a comprehensive inventory of behaviours accounting for engagement in dementia. The first one is an exploratory study aimed at modelling engagement in cognitive board games. The second one is a longitudinal study to investigate how people with dementia express engagement in cognitive games and in interactions with social robots. We adopted a technique coming from Ethology to mould behaviour, the ethogram. Ethogram is founded on low level behaviours, and allows hierarchical structuring. Herein, we present preliminary results consisting in the description of two ethograms and in their structuring obtained through thematic analysis. Such results show that an underlying structure of engagement exists across activities, and that different activities trigger different behavioural displays of engagement that adhere to such a structure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-2296-4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-2297-1
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2017
    Event15th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2017) - QEII Centre, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Jul 201720 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 15


    Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2017)
    Abbreviated titleICORR 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Aged
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Dementia/therapy
    • Female
    • Games, Recreational
    • Humans
    • Interpersonal Relations
    • Longitudinal Studies
    • Male
    • Quality of Life
    • Research Design
    • Robotics/instrumentation


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