Assessment of a Humanoid Partner for Older Adults and Persons with Dementia During Home-Based Activities

Fengpei Yuan, Marie Boltz, Ying Ling Jao, Arowyn Casenhiser, Aidan Siddiqi, Robert Bray, Joshua Duzan, Monica Crane, Xiaopeng Zhao

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Worldwide, there are approximately 10 million new cases of dementia reported each year. Due to cognitive deficits, persons living with dementia (PLWDs) have lower independence and decreased quality of life at home. Physically-embodied socially assistive robots (SARs) have the potential to engage PLWDs and assist them in their home-based activities. However, limited attention has been given to the development and assessment of SAR to interact with PLWDs within the context of home-based activities. In this case study, we designed a list of activities, including entertainment, playing games, and ten activities of daily living in a simulated home setting. We invited one older adult (female) without cognitive impairment and two (male) with dementia to perform these activities with the guidance of a humanoid SAR. The results of our observational study demonstrate that the multimodal interaction in SARs, such as verbal communication, eye contact, and gestures, can greatly facilitate the adoption and use of SARs by PLWDs. We found that PLWDs attributed human-like qualities to the robot when performing home-based activities. We also identified main challenges in SAR to assist PLWDs with these tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 14th International Conference, ICSR 2022, Proceedings
EditorsFilippo Cavallo, John-John Cabibihan, Laura Fiorini, Alessandra Sorrentino, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Yoshio Matsumoto, Shuzhi Sam Ge
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031246692
StatePublished - 2022
Event14th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2022 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Dec 13 2022Dec 16 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13818 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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