A Study on Sharing and Reusing Robotic Behaviors for Robot-Assisted Therapy
Issei NARUTA Department of Media Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University
The Robot-Assisted Activity is a medical practice for improving man's health with a robot.RAA that uses the pet type robot is actively researched in recent years,and there are many reports for its mental, social or physiological therapeutic gain.The purpose of this thesis is to develop a communication robot effective for RAA.For the purpose, we developed prototype of the communication robot like the Teddybear.And we confirmed the health condition of the elderly had improved.
It is important to design effective interactions between the robot and the user(robotic behaviors) in development of the communication robot.If the knowledge obtained through RAA can be used to the designing,the robot will be more effectively.However, RAA therapist are not necessarily specialist of the robot.So we developed the tool to design robotic behaviors easily called ``thebehavior editor.''In the tool, robotic behaviors are processed as a kind of degital contents and be able to share them online like as existent contents.It assists collaborative elaboration of the behaviors bytwo or more designers.And they can reuse a shared behavior, therefore they can design the behaviors more efficiently.
Moreover, the effect of the contents sharing in the proposal technique wasevaluated by the testee experiment.In this experiment, we had the testee create the behavior contents,and we divided testee into two groups.One group was allowed share and reuse the contents, and another group wasn't.Considering from the result of the quantitative evaluation of the behaviorcontents they created and the questionnaire,we concluded that the group that was allowed sharing and reusing had created morehigh-quality behavior contents.