Online Workshop: Designing participant-centred research - Understanding benefits and risks of social robots for the elderly

Is it possible to see the world through the eyes of your research community? An online workshop led by Prof. Dominik Mahr, Prof. Gaby Odekerken-Schröder & Dr Martina Čaić.

When: Tuesday 10 November, 10.00-12.00    ​
Location: Zoom (you will receive the invitation link via email)

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Recent developments in robotic technologies play a promising role in revolutionising the way we provide care in healthcare systems to address the challenges posed by ageing populations and shortages of healthcare staff. Social robots are entering healthcare systems but concerns such as privacy issues and threat to existing employees prevent their adoption. Challenges revolve not so much around the technology but in designing a robot that can interact with different groups and operate in complex decision environments. In an elderly care setting, the adoption of the social robot is influenced not only by the elderly, but also by family members, friends, GPs, nurses, the (remove) health insurance schemes and other professional service providers.

During this workshop, Prof. Dominik Mahr, Prof. Gaby Odekerken-Schröder and Dr. Martina Čaić will introduce participants to the world of social robots in healthcare and showcase a new method, called Contextual Value Network Mapping. This method identifies benefits and risks for the entire caring network around the elderly. Participants will get "into the shoes" of the elderly to understand how social robots disrupt networks around them. They will develop ideas on how to improve the design and the adoption of social robots.

The workshop team is core of an international group at UM investigating social and service robots. See a new UM video about the research here: