Influencing Hand-washing Behaviour with a Social Robot: HRI Study with School Children in Rural India

Deshmukh, A. , Babu, S. K., R, Unnikrishnan, , Ramesh, S., Anitha, P. and Bhavani, R. R. (2020) Influencing Hand-washing Behaviour with a Social Robot: HRI Study with School Children in Rural India. In: 28th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019), New Delhi, India, 14-18 Oct 2019, ISBN 9781728126227 (doi:10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956367)

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Abstract

The work presented in this paper reports the influence of a social robot on hand washing behaviour on school children in rural India with a significant presence of indigenous tribes. We describe the design choices of our social robot to cater the requirements of the intervention. The custom built wall mounted social robot encouraged 100 children to wash their hand at appropriate time (before meal and after toilet) using the correct handwashing technique via a poster on a wall. The results indicate that the intervention using the robot was found to be effective (40% rise) at increasing levels of hand washing with soap and with a better handwashing technique in ecologically valid settings.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deshmukh, Dr Amol
Authors: Deshmukh, A., Babu, S. K., R, Unnikrishnan, , Ramesh, S., Anitha, P., and Bhavani, R. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
ISSN:1944-9437
ISBN:9781728126227
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 IEEE
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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