AAAI Publications, 2018 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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IoT-based Emotion Recognition Robot to Enhance Sense of Community in Nursing Home
Shintaro Nagama, Masayuki Numao

Last modified: 2018-03-15


Senior isolation is becoming a major social problem in Japan, as a super-aged society where more than a quarter of population is over 65 years old. Many elderly people are living in single-resident homes without family or social support. Even in nursing home, residents stay in their private bedrooms lonely without participating social activities, such as chatting, playing game, watching TV together at a living room, etc. Since social isolation leads to serious consequences such as disuse syndrome, mental depression, suicide etc., main-taining person’s sense of community is very important. But measuring sense of community is difficult because it is a mental process and many kinds of activities and interactions are involved in the process. In this paper, we define Social Activities of Daily Living (SADL) to focus on social activities to enhance the sense of community. We also propose a multimodal sensor based recognition method for SADL, which is implemented in the IoT-based emotion recognition robot for nursing environment. The robot monitors the daily activities and emotions of the residents, estimates the social relationships of the residents, takes care of the residents who are isolated from the community, and reduces their loneliness feelings by forming a good relationship in community.

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