Immersive virtual environment as a promising tool for the elderly-friendly assistive robot design

Jeonghwan Kim, Choongwan Koo, Seunghyun Cha

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As the population of older people continues to rapidly grow worldwide, assistive robots for older people are become more important to maintain their social, physical and psychological well-being. Although the idea of having these robots is an enticing prospect, there are many barriers for older people to adopt the robots in a daily life such as a negative attitude toward a robot, inadequate robot design, confined living environment. Therefore, the in-depth understanding of such barriers prior to adopting the robots is required so as to boost intimate interaction with and acceptance of assistive robot technology. This study thus aims to suggest a guideline that helps understand such barriers with a focus on relationships among the three aspects, namely human, robot, and environment. It then proposes Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) as a tool to evaluate various scenarios of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), so that it will help find optimal design solutions for assistive robots in consideration of the relationships among the three aspects. This research has great potential to contribute to the design principles of the assistive robots as well as space and environment planning for assistive housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISARC 2017 - Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction
PublisherInternational Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction I.A.A.R.C)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2017 - National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 28 Jun 20171 Jul 2017


Conference34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2017


  • Assistive robot
  • Healthy aging
  • HRI
  • Immersive Virtual Environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence

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