Improving the Interaction of Older Adults with a Socially Assistive Table Setting Robot

Samuel Olatunji, Noa Markfeld, Dana Gutman, Shai Givati, Vardit Sarne-Fleischmann, Tal Oron-Gilad, Yael Edan

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This study provides user-studies aimed at exploring factors influencing the interaction between older adults and a robotic table setting assistant. The influence of level of automation (LOA) and level of transparency (LOT) on the quality of the interaction was considered. Results revealed that the interaction effect of LOA and LOT significantly influenced the interaction. A low LOA which required the user to control some of the actions of the robot influenced the older adults to participate more in the interaction when the LOT was high (more information) compared to situations with low LOT (less information) and high LOA (more robot autonomy). Even though, the higher LOA influenced more fluency in the interaction, the lower LOA encouraged a more collaborative form of interaction which is a priority in the design of robotic aids for older adult users. The results provide some insights into shared control designs which accommodates the preferences of the older adult users as they interact with robotic aids such as the table setting robot used in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 11th International Conference, ICSR 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMiguel A. Salichs, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Emilia Ivanova Barakova, John-John Cabibihan, Alan R. Wagner, Álvaro Castro-González, Hongsheng He
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030358877
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event11th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2019 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 26 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11876 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2019


  • Collaborative robots
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Levels of automation
  • Shared control
  • Transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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