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  • Working on the cardboard model

  • Prototyping in wood

  • Individual Design Workshop

  • Preparing the next workshop

  • Prototyping in plastic

  • Testing electronics

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The project is driven by an interdisciplinary team consisting of a designer, a sociologist and a computer scientist. Research in relation to the project thus focuses on multiple perspectives, which can be seen below.











If you are interested in collaborating or joining the team, e.g. by replicating the project in a different context or country, feel free to contact us.

Related Publications:

  • Rehm, M., Krummheuer, A. L., & Rodil, K. (2018). Developing a New Brand of Culturally-Aware Personal Robots Based on Local Cultural Practices in the Danish Health Care System. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) IEEE.
    Abstract: In earlier work it has been shown how culture can be used as a parameter influencing human robot interaction in general. While this is a good starting point, in our work with concrete application fields we encounter that culture in its usual definition as national culture is too general a concept to be useful in these concrete applications. Thus, we shifted our focus instead to a concept of local cultural practices, which is derived from situated practices as in Wenger's communities of practice and grounded loosely in Sperber's idea of an epidemiology of representations, i.e. culture or rather cultural practices as an emergent phenomenon from learning processes in a given group. Developing this new kind of culture-aware robots can then not start from a general definition of culture like Hofstede, Schwartz and Sagiv, etc. but has to take the actual group of users (and stakeholders) into account. We exemplify this approach with our work in a residency for citizens with acquired brain damage.
  • Rodil, K., Rehm, M., & Krummheuer, A. L. (2018). Co-designing Social Robots With Cognitively Impaired Citizens. In Proceedings of NordiCHI2018.
    Abstract: This paper describes current work and future challenges of co-designing social robots with cognitively impaired residents. The project has in time of writing ran more than two years, which allows the reporting of both technical outcomes and methodological challenges.
  • Rehm, M., Krummheuer, A. L., Rodil, K., Nguyen, M., & Thorlacius, B. (2016). From Social Practices to Social Robots: User-Driven Robot Development in Elder Care. In Social Robotics (pp. 692-701). Springer.
    Abstract: It has been shown that the development of social robots for the elder care sector is primarily technology driven and relying on stereotypes about old people.We are focusing instead on the actual social practices that will be targeted by social robots. We provide details of this interdisciplinary approach and highlight its applicability and usefulness with field examples from an elder care home. These examples include ethnographic field studies as well as workshops with staff and residents. The goal is to identify and agree with both groups on social practices, where the use of a social robot might be beneficial. The paper ends with a case study of a robot, which frees staff from repetitive and time consuming tasks while at the same time allowing residents to reclaim some independence.