Co-creation of an assistive robot for independent living: lessons learned on robot design

Laura Fiorini, Kasia Tabeau, Grazia D’Onofrio, Luigi Coviello, Marleen De Mul, Daniele Sancarlo, Isabelle Fabbricotti, Filippo Cavallo

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To increase the usage of assistive robots into daily life it is important to include end-users in early development stages. This paper propose an iterative co-creative method to refine the design of an assistive robot called ASTRO. Three co-creation sessions were organized involving a total of 102 individuals. This paper presents the feedback collected and provides the results from an evaluation of the final prototype. The results underline that the robot’s design was perceived in a positive way (attractiveness and stimulation domains). Even though the co-creation results show that the function of the robot are also valued, the survey provides a more nuanced view on these aspects of robot design by showing a neutral evaluation of perspicuity, efficiency and dependability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Assistive robot design
  • Case study
  • Creative design
  • Design technology
  • User participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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