This paper presents a patient-centered interaction project of Pepper humanoid robotic therapy applications for children with attention deficit. This new therapeutic methodology was created to support and make therapeutic work more attractive. Pepper comes with a tablet and two identical cameras. The tablet is used to make the patients interact with the application, while the cameras are used to capture their emotions in real-time to understand the degree of attention and any difficulties they may have. The interaction with the tablet takes place through some exercises in the form of games. The exercises performed by the patients are analyzed and combined with the data acquired by the cameras. The combination of these data is elaborated to propose adequate levels of therapeutic activity. This process leads to the digitization of the patients' therapeutic path so that any improvement (or worsening) is monitored and makes Pepper a reliable and predictable technological intermediary for the child. The work was developed in collaboration with a diagnostic and therapeutic center, where it is being tested. By interacting with a humanoid robot, children show greater involvement, which can be explained, according to psychologists, by the fact that a robot is emotionally less rich than humans and the patients feel less fearful.

Socially assistive robotics combined with artificial intelligence for ADHD

Amato F.;Di Gregorio M.
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Monaco C.;Sebillo M.;Tortora G.;Vitiello G.
2021-01-01

Abstract

This paper presents a patient-centered interaction project of Pepper humanoid robotic therapy applications for children with attention deficit. This new therapeutic methodology was created to support and make therapeutic work more attractive. Pepper comes with a tablet and two identical cameras. The tablet is used to make the patients interact with the application, while the cameras are used to capture their emotions in real-time to understand the degree of attention and any difficulties they may have. The interaction with the tablet takes place through some exercises in the form of games. The exercises performed by the patients are analyzed and combined with the data acquired by the cameras. The combination of these data is elaborated to propose adequate levels of therapeutic activity. This process leads to the digitization of the patients' therapeutic path so that any improvement (or worsening) is monitored and makes Pepper a reliable and predictable technological intermediary for the child. The work was developed in collaboration with a diagnostic and therapeutic center, where it is being tested. By interacting with a humanoid robot, children show greater involvement, which can be explained, according to psychologists, by the fact that a robot is emotionally less rich than humans and the patients feel less fearful.
2021
978-1-7281-9794-4
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