Laura Stegner

PhD student studying Human-Robot Interaction

University of Wisconsin–Madison

stegner [at] wisc [dot] edu

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Assistive Robots for Older Adults

The combination of a rapidly aging population and growing shortage of caregivers had led to the rise in interest for assistive robots to help care for older adults and other vulnerable populations. This work seeks to understand how care robots can integrate into existing caregiving ecosystems. By understanding the needs and challenges of the end users, we can design, implement, and deploy more robust systems that have real-world use and validity.


[CHI 2023] Situated Participatory Design: A Method for In Situ Design of Robotic Interaction with Older Adults

Laura Stegner, Emmanuel Senft, and Bilge Mutlu

Resources: PDF - Video - Presentation - OSF

We present Situated Participatory Design (sPD), a participatory design method to design human-robot interactions with older adults. Employing sPD at a senior living facility, we investigated the residents’ perspectives on how a robot could fit into their daily lives with a special focus on light manipulation tasks such as delivering a cup of water.


[DIS 2022] Designing for Caregiving: Integrating Robotic Assistance in Senior Living Communities

Laura Stegner and Bilge Mutlu

Resources: PDF - Presentation - OSF

We consider how care robots could be used by professional caregivers in assisted and independent living environments. In a field study, we observed caregivers during their shift and conducted follow-up interviews. Our results point to design opportunities for robotic assistance, specifically by supporting caregiver workflows, adapting to resident abilities, and providing feedback to all stakeholders of the interaction.