Improving the autonomous navigation of a care robot by following social norms in a care environment

The final graduation presentation is about the Netherlands facing a shortage of human resources to provide care for the growing elderly population. HIT is developing a care robot called ROSE, but the current navigation system is unsafe and awkward.

To solve this problem, the study proposes a socially aware navigation system that takes social norms into account. The new navigation system considers primary and direct social norms and was found to be more effective and socially acceptable than the default navigation system.

The study recommends improving human-robot interaction space, incorporating verbal interaction, and conducting real-life testing to enhance the robot's social acceptability and effectiveness in care facilities.