Publications

A remote social robot to motivate and support diabetic children in keeping a diary

Results show that children shared significantly more personal experiences in their diaries when they were interacting with the robot. Furthermore, they greatly enjoyed working with the robot and came to see it as a helpful and supportive friend.

Van der Drift, E. J., Beun, R.-J., Looije, R., Blanson Henkemans, O. A., & Neerincx, M. A. (2014). In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction (pp. 463–470). ACM

Evaluation of a Small Socially-Assistive Humanoid Robot in Intelligent Homes for the Care of the Elderly

Results showed that the small humanoid robot was trusted by participants. [...] Participants might engage in an emotional relationship with the robot, but that perceived enjoyment might decrease over time.

Torta, E., Werner, F., Johnson, D. O., Juola, J. F., Cuijpers, R. H., Bazzani, M., … Bregman, J. (2014). Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 1–15

Attitudes Towards Socially Assistive Robots in Intelligent Homes: Results From Laboratory Studies and Field Trials

Overall, results show that socially assistive robots positively affect user experience and motivation compared to standard smart environment interfaces such as touch screens. However, people still tend to prefer conventional interfaces for receiving information.

Torta, E., Oberzaucher, J., Werner, F., Cuijpers, R. H., & Juola, J. F. (2013). Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 1(2). doi:10.5898/JHRI.1.2.Torta

Humanoid robotics in health care: An exploration of children’s and parents’ emotional reactions

"Given children’s growing enthusiasm for technological devices, a humanoid robot was programmed to interact with them while a nurse administered the vaccination. Children smiled more often with the robot, as compared to the control condition, but they did not cry less. Parents indicated that their children held stronger memories for the robot than for the needle, wanted the robot in the future, and felt empowered to cope. We conclude that children and their parents respond positively to a humanoid robot at the bedside"

Beran, T. N., Ramirez-Serrano, A., Vanderkooi, O. G., & Kuhn, S. (2013). Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105313504794. doi:10.1177/1359105313504794

Pain and anxiety treatment based on social robot interaction with children to improve patient experience

"Interaction with a robot during flu vaccination resulted in significantly less pain and distress in children according to parent, child, nurse, and researcher ratings"

Angulo Bahón, C., Garriga Berga, C., Luaces, C., Perez Payarols, J., Albo-Canals, J., Díaz Boladeras, M., & others. (2013). Ongoing research. Retrieved from http://upcommons.upc.edu/handle/2117/18359

REDUCING CHILDREN'S PAIN AND DISTRESS TOWARDS FLU VACCINATIONS: A NOVEL AND EFFECTIVE APPLICATION OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS

"interaction with a robot during flu vaccination resulted in significantly less pain and distress in children according to parent, child, nurse, and researcher ratings"

Beran, Tanya N., et al., Vaccine, 2013.