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"AIDA: Using Social Scaffolding to Assist Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"

by Moore, R; Williams, A B (2020)


As an alternative to social co-robots, or collaborative robots, displacing workers in the workforce, social robots may, in the future, be used to augment workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and improve their work environments. We are developing AIDA, a co-robot to uplift and augment the abilities of workers who have IDD and work in a light manufacturing facility. This paper presents the design process for discovering the workers’ needs and a description of our works-in-progress prototype social co-robot, AIDA, an artificially intelligent disability aide designed to function safely and securely alongside these workers.

Key Passage

 Developmental disability is a significant, chronic disability that is attributed to physical, mental or a combination of mental and physical impairments. According to [2] these functional limitations in life activities include learning, mobility, self-direction, language reception and expression, and capacity for independent living. Instead of collaborative robots, or co-robots, completely displacing workers with IDD, social co-robots may have promise for not just augmenting the physical and intellectual capabilities for these workers but improving the attitudes and enjoyment for them in their employment environment. (p.584)


Artificial Intellegice, Worker Support, Disability, Disabled Workers


Robots, AI and Computerisation, Automation

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