Let's Be Friends: Perception of a Social Robotic Companion for children with T1DM

We describe the social characteristics of a robot developed to support children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) in the process of education and care. We evaluated the perception
of the robot at a summer camp where diabetic children aged 10-14 experienced the robot in group interactions. Children in the intervention condition additionally interacted with it
also individually, in one-to-one sessions featuring several game-like activities. These children perceived the robot significantly more as a friend than those in the control group.
They also readily engaged with it in dialogues about their habits related to healthy lifestyle as well as personal experiences concerning diabetes. This indicates that the one-on-one
interactions added a special quality to the relationship of the children with the robot.

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Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (a)
Elettra Oleari (b)
Clara Pozzi (b)
Francesca Sacchitelli (b)
Anahita Bagherzadhalimi (b)
Sara Bellini (b)
Bernd Kiefer (a)
Stefania Racioppa (a)
Alexandre Coninx (c)
Paul Baxter (d)
Bert Bierman (e)
Olivier Blanson Henkemans (e)
Mark Neerincx (e)
Rosemarijn Loije (e)
Yiannis Demiris (c)
Raquel Ros Espinoza (c)
Marco Mosconi (b)
Piero Cosi (f)
Rémi Humbert (g)
Lola Cañamero (h)
Hichem Sahli (i)
Joachim de Greeff (d)
James Kennedy (d)
Robin Read (d)
Matthew Lewis (h)
Antoine Hiolle (h)
Giulio Paci (f)
Giacomo Sommavilla (f)
Fabio Tesser (f)
Georgios Athanasopoulos (i)
Georgios Patsis (i)
Werner Verhelst (i)
Alberto Sanna (b)
Tony Belpaeme (d)
New Friends 2015 - The 1st International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy and Education, pp. 32–33, Almere, The Netherlands, 22-23 October 2015
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Ritratto di Fabio Tesser
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Ritratto di Piero Cosi
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