Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
"Sorry, what was your name again?": How to Use a Social Robot to Simulate Alzheimer’s Disease and Exploring the Effects on its Interlocutors
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC). Furhat Robotics AB.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Machines are designed to be infallible, but what happens if they are suddenly struck by chronic mental decline such as dementia? In this research, a social robot has been transformed into a mild-stage Alzheimer’s patient. The ultimate goal is to use it as a training tool for caregivers and medical students, as well as to raise general awareness for the disease. In particular, the study aimed to identify how to simulate Alzheimer’s with a social robot and what the effects are on its conversation partners. Thanks to its properties, the back-projected robotic head Furhat was the ideal candidate to adopt the role of Max. The sources of inspiration derived from interviews and observations. A Wizard of Oz setup enabled a conversation between the character and the user, who was given the task of asking about the robot’s life. To allow for in-between subject comparisons, the set of 20 participants was a mixture of medical and non- medical students, as well as people who knew someone with dementia closely and those who never met any. The experience was evaluated through pre- and post-interviews along with user observations. The results indicate that the patient simulation was convincing, leading the users to treat the machine as a human being and develop an emotional bond to it. They remained patient in spite of the robot’s symptoms, which affirms its potential for educational use. After all, this project aims to inspire researchers to find solutions in unconventional ways. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Alzheimer's, robots, social robots, AD, training tool, awareness, HRI, HCI, medical students, empathy, Wizard of oz
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects Interaction Technologies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-218154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-218154DiVA, id: diva2:1159704
Subject / course
Human - Computer Interaction
Educational program
Master of Science - Human-Computer Interaction
Presentation
2017-09-22, 10:00 (English)
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2017-12-28 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-28Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(12858 kB)56 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 12858 kBChecksum SHA-512
290afd5158e57fdc559a8b8a7841d589e491a7aa92076e42e9e6acf94238e7b590944d10ea88e006b43baa34b9476116ea1f23151750d968df2f4f30ce886d95
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC)
Information Systems, Social aspectsInteraction Technologies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 56 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 218 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf