HCG Symposium 2023_the Student Outstanding Interactive Presentation Award!

Koudai Nieda won the Student Outstanding Interactive Presentation Award!

Awarding Organization/Academic Society: Human Communication Group, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (HCG Symposium 2023)

Outline, purpose, and date of the conference/event
The HCG Symposium is an academic conference attended by researchers in fields closely related to human communication such as psychology, cognitive science, social science, physiology, and design studies, in addition to the engineering field.

Name of Award: Student Interactive Presentation Award

Date of Award: 12/13/2023

Awardees :
Kota Nieda, Taishi Sawabe, Masayuki Kanbara, Yuichiro Fujimoto, and Hirokazu Kato

Research theme
“Evaluation of the Reduction Effect of Pain Perception by “Talking and Stroking” Motion of a Robot”.

When caring for a patient, people perform a “talking and stroking” action that gives pleasant feelings to the patient. In recent years, advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology have made it possible for people to interact with robots.
It has become clear that “talking and stroking” gives people more pleasant feelings than “talking” alone or “stroking” alone. The purpose of this study is to verify whether the “talking and stroking” behavior by the robot alters the perception of physical pain as well as psychological effects. The results of an evaluation experiment with 37 subjects showed that both “stroking” and “talking while stroking” were effective in reducing the perception of pain, and that “talking while stroking” had a greater psychological impact than “stroking. The results of the evaluation experiment with 37 subjects were both supportive of the results.

Comments on the Award
I am truly honored to receive this award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the professors and students in my laboratory for their guidance, discussion, and cooperation. We will continue to make further efforts to reduce pain through robotics.