Dr Nicole Robinson with a NAO.
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Full article issued by the Queensland University of Technology.

A new study led by Dr Nicole Robinson, a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision based at the Queensland University of Technology, suggests that people are more willing to respond to a social robot with ‘humanoid’ qualities rather than one that is obviously mechanical, when given the choice.

Social robots are increasingly being used in areas such as education and healthcare, and the new study aimed to understand people’s reactions, thoughts and feelings about them. Dr Robinson says that information from their research can help service providers to identify key areas where robots would be well-liked and acceptable to use, or areas where people are not ready to interact with a social robot. In the future, digital healthcare could include social robots as part of an overall approach to reducing the treatment gap and helping more people with their health and wellbeing.

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Dr Nicole Robinson with a NAO robot. Credit: QUT.