Robot response behaviors to accommodate hearing problems


Vroon, Jered and Kim, Jaebok and Koster, Raphaël (2015) Robot response behaviors to accommodate hearing problems. In: New Friends 2015: the 1st International Conference on Social Robotics in Therapy and Education, 22-23 October 2015, Almere, the Netherlands.

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Abstract:One requirement that arises for a social (semi-autonomous telepresence) robot aimed at conversations with the elderly, is to accommodate hearing problems. In this paper we compare two approaches to this requirement; (1) moving closer, mimicking the leaning behavior commonly observed in elderly with hearing problems, (2) turning up the volume, which is a more mechanical solution. Our findings with elderly participants show that they preferred the turning up of the volume, since they rated it significantly higher.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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