Supporti Cognitivi Domestici per gli Anziani: Rappresentazioni, Valutazione, Accettabilita' (in Italian)

Scopelliti, M., Giuliani, M.V., Tiberio, L., Cortellessa, G., Pecora, F., and Cesta, A

In In-Cognito, Cahiers Romans de Sciences Cognitives, 4(1-2), pp. 179-197, 2012

This paper shows some key results of RoboCare, a project aimed at developing a robotic system for the cognitive support of elderly people in the domestic environment, based on Artificial Intelligence techniques. Specifically, this article is concerned with the acceptability requirements of the system developed in RoboCare. We set out to understand where the practical advantages provided by our technology may be unappreciated as a result of a negative impact of the robotic agent in everyday life and routines of elderly people. RoboCare has addressed the issue of acceptability through two studies. In a previous study on adaptation strategies of ageing people, we found that technological solutions to everyday problems are not unacceptable for the elderly at all, even though they seem to be more acceptable in some specific domains of domestic life. A second study, focusing on preferences and expectancies towards domestic robots, shows that elderly people clearly recognize the practical advantages provide by such devices, yet they show a moderate mistrust towards the autonomy of the robot. These results, which are summarized here, can be taken as an important starting point for the development of robotic assistive technology.