An End-User Interface to Generate Homeostatic Behavior for NAO Robot in Robot-Assisted Social Therapies

  • Hoang-Long CaoEmail author
  • Albert De Beir
  • Pablo Gómez Esteban
  • Ramona Simut
  • Greet Van de Perre
  • Dirk Lefeber
  • Bram Vanderborght
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10306)


Homeostatic drive theory is a popular approach for decision-making of robot behavior in social robotic research. It is potentially to be used in social therapies. To increase the involvement of end-users in the robot’s control, we present an end-user interface allowing the therapists to generate homeostatic behavior for NAO robot in social skills training for children. We demonstrate the system by two interactions in which the robot homeostatic behavior is adapted to children’s behavior. The result shows that the system provides a practical solution for therapists to implement interaction scenarios to robot behavior.


Homeostasis Robot behavior End-user development NAO Robot-Assisted Therapy 



The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission 7th Framework Program as a part of the project DREAM grant no. 611391.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoang-Long Cao
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Albert De Beir
    • 1
    • 3
  • Pablo Gómez Esteban
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ramona Simut
    • 2
  • Greet Van de Perre
    • 1
    • 3
  • Dirk Lefeber
    • 1
    • 3
  • Bram Vanderborght
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research GroupVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Life Span Psychology GroupVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Flanders Make, Strategic Research Centre Manufacturing IndustryLommelBelgium

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