Abstract/Details

Designing for long-term human -robot interaction and application to weight loss

Kidd, Cory David.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 0819995.

Abstract (summary)

Human-robot interaction is now well enough understood to allow us to build useful systems that can function outside of the laboratory. This thesis defines sociable robot system in the context of long-term interaction, proposes guidelines for creating and evaluating such systems, and describes the implementation of a robot that has been designed to help individuals effect behavior change while dieting. The implemented system is a robotic weight loss coach, which is compared to a standalone computer and to a traditional paper log in a controlled study. A current challenge in weight loss is in getting individuals to keep off weight that is lost. The results of our study show that participants track their calorie consumption and exercise for nearly twice as long when using the robot than with the other methods and develop a closer relationship with the robot. Both of these are indicators of longer-term success at weight loss and maintenance. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

Indexing (details)


Subject
Computer science
Classification
0984: Computer science
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Human-robot interaction; Weight loss
Title
Designing for long-term human -robot interaction and application to weight loss
Author
Kidd, Cory David
Number of pages
0
Degree date
2008
School code
0753
Source
DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Breazeal, Cynthia
University/institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
0819995
ProQuest document ID
304355818
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304355818