Imperial College London

Professor Yiannis Demiris

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Human-Centred Robotics, Head of ISN



+44 (0)20 7594 6300y.demiris Website




1011Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Sarabia, M and Demiris, Y},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-02675-6_43},
pages = {432--441},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {A Humanoid Robot Companion for Wheelchair Users},
url = {},
year = {2013}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - In this paper we integrate a humanoid robot with a powered wheelchair with the aim of lowering the cognitive requirements needed for powered mobility. We propose two roles for this companion: pointing out obstacles and giving directions. We show that children enjoyed driving with the humanoid companion by their side during a field-trial in an uncontrolled environment. Moreover, we present the results of a driving experiment for adults where the companion acted as a driving aid and conclude that participants preferred the humanoid companion to a simulated companion. Our results suggest that people will welcome a humanoid companion for their wheelchairs.
AU - Sarabia,M
AU - Demiris,Y
DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-02675-6_43
EP - 441
PB - Springer
PY - 2013///
SP - 432
TI - A Humanoid Robot Companion for Wheelchair Users
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