The project aimed at persistent longterm interaction of a robot for diabetic children in the age of 7-11. The project works on models and methods for robot’s interactive behaviors to achieve long-term interaction and support the development of selfmanagement attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors (e.g. self-efficacy, education, bonding).

Within this project experiments have been done with both sick and healthy children who use a robot that adapts to them on certain aspects.


Lessons are:

  1. children are able to recognize the emotions of a NAO robot
  2. personality is hard to take into account
  3. adapting robot state to the user exhibiting thinking behavior and remembering small facts.

Most of the children like touching the robot, all of them are willing to disclose information about themselves and they all prefer challenging activities.

5 types of children were identified on which the robot could adapt its interaction in the future; read the full paper with our lessons learned:

  1. children who are confident about themselves and their illness
  2. children who feel excluded from the group
  3. children who are afraid to make errors
  4. children who feel uncomfortable with the situation
  5. children who are too young to play the activities and have meaningful robot interaction.

The Paper

Read the full paper How do diabetic children react on a social robot during multiple sessions in a hospital?with our lessons learned.

Inproceedings, New Friends Conference 2015, pp. 28-29, Almere, 2015, (New_Friends_2015_submission_26.pdf The 1st International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy and Education).


  • Rosemarijn Looije
  • Mark A. Neerincx
  • Johanna Peters

How do diabetic children react on a social robot?
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