Communicating Complex Decisions in Robot-Assisted Therapy

Carl Bettosi, Kefan Chen, Ryan Shah, Lynne Baillie

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Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) have shown promising potential in therapeutic scenarios as decision-making instructors or motivational companions. In human-human therapy, experts often communicate the thought process behind the decisions they make to promote transparency and build trust. As research aims to incorporate more complex decision-making models into these robots to drive better interaction, the ability for the SAR to explain its decisions becomes an increasing challenge. We present the latest examples of complex SAR decision-makers. We argue that, based on the importance of transparent communication in human-human therapy, SARs should incorporate such components into their design. To stimulate discussion around this topic, we present a set of design considerations for researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2023


  • cs.RO
  • cs.AI
  • cs.HC
  • 68T40


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