Researcher Studying Ways to Personalize Human-Robot Interaction

Published by , October 30, 2017 11:57 am

(ScienceDaily) Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek, head of the Cognition, Aging and Rehabilitation Lab in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Department of Physical Therapy and a member of the University’s Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, focuses her research on the use of robots for rehabilitation of patients. Since many patients do not practice their physical therapy routines enough or at all at home, she is designing robot companions to encourage them to practice and track their progress.
The study yielded three main conclusions. First, robotic movement primes the human movement. That is, the person tends to imitate the movements of the robot. Second, there was no clear-cut preference for leading or following the robot. Lastly, the study participants preferred smooth, familiar movements — which resemble human movements — rather than sharp (“robotic”) or unfamiliar movements.

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