Researchers in Sharif University of Technology have accelerated the treatment of cancer in children using humanoid social robots.
The research paper submitted to 6th International Conference on Social Robotics University of Technology, Sydney, titled ‘Impact of a Social Humanoid Robot as a Therapy Assistant in Children Cancer Treatment,’ by Sharif University of Technology researchers Minoo Alemi, Ali Meghdari, Ashkan Ghanbarzadeh, Leila Jafari Moghadam, Anooshe Ghanbarzadeh, was awarded the best paper title.
Children suffering from cancer are subjected to higher levels of anorexia, anger, depression, and anxiety during chemotherapeutic treatments. The problem is a real challenge to psychologists in dealing with these children.
Humanoid robots are the most prevalent social robots which helped researchers including applied linguists, psychologists, and robot experts to plan a six-month research project in two specialized hospitals of Pediatric Center and Mahak.
They found that using humanoid robots contributed significantly in decreased levels of stress, anger and increased appetite in cancerous children.