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CARO : the online platform for social robot applications

Chen, K. (2021) CARO : the online platform for social robot applications.

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Abstract:Social robots are being implemented more in the recent years in the medical care setting due to an aging society and the limited staff in the healthcare sector. The effectiveness of these robots is often evaluated by their interaction with the client and how effective or impactful they are. An aspect that often gets overlooked is that the care workers also need to interact with these social robots in order for patients to receive their most optimal care. Care workers often have trouble with this due to poor user interfaces of the robots and lack of knowledge learned in their curriculum and a place where they can seek help. To combat this, one potential solution has been chosen and developed further: the CARO platform. CARO is an online community platform for social robots where people can browse for inspiration about what their social robots can do, ask help about how to perform certain activities with their social robot, or help out others who are having trouble with working with their social robots. The platform aims to allow people to do what they already excel at and finding a way to combine the knowledge with each other by providing a place where care workers can easily find help for their social robots to perform their designed activities with patients and people with more technical knowledge can explain to them how. The initial prototype testing shows potential about the concept and design, however further research and development needs to be done for the implementation of all the functionalities of the platform as well as the inner workings of the platform as a concept that can be applied to other applications.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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