Publication details

Materiality, Corporeality, and Relationality in Older Human–Robot Interaction (OHRI)

Investor logo


Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Societies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords ageing; materiality; corporeality; humanoid robot Pepper; human–robot interactions; gender
Attached files
Description This article presents interdisciplinary research on the social and technological aspects of interactions between older adults and the humanoid robot Pepper (SoftBank Robotics). Our case study is based on the regular meetings that are a part of an experimental intervention taking place at the Active Ageing Centre for older adults in Prague, run by the NGO Life 90. Through the methods of participant observation, unstructured interviews, analyses of video recordings from interventions with Pepper, and subsequent reflections on the “user” experience with the robot, we have unpacked the complexity of materiality and corporeality in older human–robot interactions (OHRI) in the context of age and gender. The project brings new applied knowledge, exploring OHRI using concepts relevant to gerotechnologies, informed by studies of materiality and ageing studies.
Related projects:

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.

More info