Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Group



Participatory Design Workshops Investigating How Socially Assistive Robots could Assist Stroke Survivors and those with Chest and Heart Conditions

Human-Robot interaction (HRI) research often uses principles and methodologies from the more established field of HCI. However, this poses an interesting question: are HCI methds directly compatible with HRI investigations, or do certain adaptations needed to be considered before they can be used to their full effect? Two multi-phase participatory design workshops were run in the assisted living lab at Heriot-Watt University to:

a) Investigate whether any methodological adaptations need to be made when investigating social interactions with robotic agents aiming to support stroke survivors and others with similar conditions in the home environment. 

b) Generate new ideas from participants on ways to imagine and re-imagine interactions with technology in condition-specific rehabilitation and independent living. 

Some of our findings were unanticipated, which suggested that some adaptions to the existing framework for PD workshops need to be revised in order to be useful to HRI research.

This work was conducted with the help of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), and with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII).