Enhancing Physical Activity Among Older Adults using Nao, a Socially Assistive Robot


This is an interdisciplinary project that involves researchers from psychology, special education, and engineering, using a socially assistive robot (SAR) to promote a healthy lifestyle among older adults. Socially assistive robots (SARs) are a combination of socially interactive robots and assistive robots. The project addresses risk-factors that can pose barriers to healthy aging, including a sedentary lifestyle and feelings of loneliness, through the use of socially assistive robots (SARs) programmed to support a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Renata Ticha, Maryam Mahmoudi, Brian H Abery
Renata Ticha
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


Renata Ticha :: Senior Research Associate


Maryam Mahmoudi :: Post-Doctoral Associate

Brian H Abery :: Senior Research Associate

Roger J Stancliffe :: Senior Research Associate

Partner staff

Vassilios Morellas :: Research Director 1


  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
    • Assistive/adaptive technology
    • Friendships and social relationships
  • Specific life stage
    • Seniors
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness