Robot-Assisted Training with Swedish and Israeli Older Adults

Neziha Akalin, Maya Krakovsky, Omri Avioz-Sarig, Amy Loutfi, Yael Edan

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This paper explores robot-assisted training in a cross-cultural context with older adults. We performed user studies with 28 older adults with two different assistive training robots: an adaptive robot, and a non-adaptive robot, in two countries (Sweden and Israel). In the adaptive robot group, the robot suggested playing music and decreased the number of repetitions based on the participant’s level of engagement. We analyzed the facial expressions of the participants in these two groups. Results revealed that older adults in the adaptive robot group showed more varying facial expressions. The adaptive robot created a distraction for the older adults since it talked more than the non-adaptive robot. This result suggests that a robot designed for older adults should utilize the right amount of communication capabilities. The Israeli participants expressed more positive attitudes towards robots and rated the perceived usefulness of the robot higher than the Swedish participants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 13th International Conference, ICSR 2021, Proceedings
EditorsHaizhou Li, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Yan Wu, Agnieszka Wykowska, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Dongyu Li, Jairo Perez-Osorio
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030905248
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Event13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 10 Nov 202113 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13086 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021


  • Cultural robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Older adults
  • Physical training
  • Social robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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