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Experience with the Children-Humanoid Interaction in Rehabilitation Therapy for Spinal Disorders

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This paper deals with the social human-robot interaction with children towards the application outside tightly controlled and constrained laboratory environments. We present our experience of using the Nao humanoid robotic platform in a role of a physiotherapist for rehabilitation and prevention of scoliosis in a children’s hospital and an elementary school in Slovakia. Before and between the exercise units, children could freely interact with a robot, what contributed to building-up robot-children relationship. The results indicate the potential of humanoids to enhance the quality of life of children in an entertaining and effective way.

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  • applications
  • human-robot interaction
  • human environment
  • observation of interaction
  • robotherapy
  • social robotics

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Vircikova, M., Sincak, P. (2013). Experience with the Children-Humanoid Interaction in Rehabilitation Therapy for Spinal Disorders. In: Kim, JH., Matson, E., Myung, H., Xu, P. (eds) Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications 2012. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 208. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37374-9_34

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