Formations for Facilitating Communication Among Robotic Wheelchair Users and Companions

  • Yoshinori KobayashiEmail author
  • Ryota Suzuki
  • Taichi Yamada
  • Yoshinori Kuno
  • Keiichi Yamazaki
  • Akiko Yamazaki
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9388)


To meet the demands of an aging society, researches for intelligent/robotic wheelchairs have been receiving a lot of attention. In elderly care facilities, care workers are required to have a communication with the elderly in order to maintain their both mental and physical health. While this is regarded as important, a conversation with someone on a wheelchair while pushing it from his/her behind in a traditional setting would interfere with their smooth and natural conversation. Based on these concerns we are developing a robotic wheelchair which allows companions and wheelchair users move in a natural formation. This paper reports on an investigation how human behaves when the wheelchair users and their companions communicate while moving together.


Robotic wheelchair Ethnography Interaction analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshinori Kobayashi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ryota Suzuki
    • 1
  • Taichi Yamada
    • 1
  • Yoshinori Kuno
    • 1
  • Keiichi Yamazaki
    • 1
  • Akiko Yamazaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Saitama UniversitySaitamaJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo University of TechnologyHachiojiJapan

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