Designing a Social Robot to Assist in Medication Sorting

  • Jason R. WilsonEmail author
  • Linda Tickle-Degnen
  • Matthias Scheutz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9979)


Being able to sort one’s own medications is a critical self-management task for people with Parkinson’s disease. We analyzed the medication sorting task and gathered design considerations. Then we developed an autonomous robot to assist in the task. We used guidelines provided by occupational therapists to determine the level of assistance provided by the robot. Finally, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the robot with student evaluators determined that people trusted the robot to reliably assist and that people had a positive emotional experience completing the task.


Occupational Therapist Medication Adherence Assistive Technology Autonomous Robot Social Robot 
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This project was in part supported by NSF grant #IIS-1316809. A special thanks to Grace Lee and Annie Saechao for their significant help in running the evaluation and analyzing the data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason R. Wilson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Linda Tickle-Degnen
    • 2
  • Matthias Scheutz
    • 1
  1. 1.Human-Robot Interaction LabTufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Occupational TherapyTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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