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We Can Do Better! An Initial Survey Highlighting an Opportunity for More HRI Work on Loneliness

Although research has demonstrated the potential for social robots to positively impact a person’s mood and provide comfort, very little research has yet focused on social robots supporting people living with loneliness. Much of the relevant human-robot interaction work focuses on more serious situations such as living with dementia, or on related areas such as stress, anxiety, or depression, and these works generally target the older adult demographic. Loneliness, however, can affect anyone of any health and age. In this paper we present a summary review of the current research on loneliness and social robots, highlighting the gaps in research and the potential opportunity for more work in the area.

Rahatul A. Ananto, James E. Young. 2021. We Can Do Better! An Initial Survey Highlighting an Opportunity for More HRI Work on Loneliness. In the Companion of 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI’21), March 8–11, 2021, Boulder, CO, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA. 6 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3434074.3447213

Authors

James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor