Exploring the effects of social robot companions for user well-being


Suitable for:
Master project

Description:

Social robots can provide long-term companionship to their users in their home or work environments. This enables a promising opportunity to affect an user’s well-being (physical or mental) through interacting with them. For example, companion robots can help users to exercise physically, to think differently, or to change other behaviors. For an existing social robot in our lab, this thesis project will explore the effects of a particular on user well-being for a particular use case (to be defined). The project will comprise defining an use case, designing an experimental setting, implementing the needed robot behavior using an existing software framework, and running a user study.

Requirements:

  • Interest in human-robot interaction and user studies
  • Basic knowledge of statistical data analysis
  • Solid programming skills (Python) or willingness to acquire them

Contact:
Sonja Stange