Abstract

Robotics & AI (Artificial Intelligence) is one of the most exciting areas of technology for the future enhancement of human existence. In recent years, innovators globally have developed an increasing range of applications for robotics and AI, and one of the most intriguing areas is the design & development of SAR (Socially Assistive Robotics).

Research and testing in this field have already proved that these types of robots can augment certain types of educational & therapeutic practices with children. To date, we know they can help with relieving tension, enhancing concentration and increasing psychological & emotional engagement. However, what are the most effective types of social robots for different contexts and how we do design & build those in the most human-centered & effective ways possible?

This workshop will aim to answer those questions and begin the process of developing a framework for SAR development in the future, ensuring that children are getting the best possible interactive SAR experiences in the fields of education and therapy.