Design and Perception of a Social Robot to Promote Hand Washing Among Children in a Rural Indian School

R, Unnikrishnan, , Deshmukh, A. , Ramesh, S., Babu, S. K., Anitha, P. and Bhavani, R. R. (2020) Design and Perception of a Social Robot to Promote Hand Washing Among Children in a Rural Indian School. 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-MAN46459.2019.8956450)

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Abstract

We introduce “Pepe”, a social robot for encouraging proper handwashing behaviour among children. We discuss the motivation, the robot design and a pilot study conducted at a primary school located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of Southern India with a significant presence of indigenous tribes. The study included individual & group interviews with a randomly selected sample of 45 children to gauge their perception of the Pepe robot across various dimensions including gender, animacy & technology acceptance. We also discuss some HRI implications for running user studies with rural children.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deshmukh, Dr Amol
Authors: R, Unnikrishnan, , Deshmukh, A., Ramesh, S., Babu, S. K., 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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