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Robotic assistants for universal access

Robotic assistants for universal access

Keates, Simeon ORCID: 0000-0002-2826-672X and Kyberd, Peter J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9022-6748 (2017) Robotic assistants for universal access. In: UAHCI 2017: Universal Access in Human–Computer Interaction. Human and Technological Environments. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (10279). Springer, Cham, LNCS, pp. 527-538. ISBN 978-3-319-58699-1 ISSN 978-3-319-58700-4 (Online) (doi:

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Much research is now focusing on how technology is moving away from the traditional computer to a range of smart devices in smart environments, the so-called Internet of Things. With this increase in computing power and decrease in form factor, we are approaching the possibility of a new generation of robotic assistants able to perform a range of tasks and activities to support all kinds of users. However, history shows that unless care is taken early in the design process, the users who may stand to benefit the most from such assistance may inadvertently be excluded from it. This paper examines some of those historical missteps and examines possible ways forward to ensure that the next generation robots support the principles of universal access.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: UAHCI 2017: Universal Access in Human–Computer Interaction. Human and Technological Environments
Additional Information: HCI International 2017 will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada, 9 - 14 July 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Robotic assistants; HCI; Inclusive design; Universal access; Assistive technology
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Future Technology and the Internet of Things
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