Multi-modal Design to Promote Social Engagement with Dementia Patients

Elaine Czech, Mina Shibasaki, Keitaro Tsuchiya, Roshan Peiris, Kouta Minamizawa

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Haptic technologies applied as a means of fulfilling the social needs of dementia patients is an unexplored area of research. Patients with dementia face many limitations that prevent them from engaging with others. For example, as dementia progresses, it becomes more difficult to communicate verbally. We propose a multi-modal system that is personalized and incorporates both active and passive haptic elements can bridge the communication gap between verbal and non-verbal communicators and improve interpersonal relationships. We applied a community-centered design methodology to develop our technological solution so that it would be functional and appropriate for our target audience. We tested our solution, a book which incorporated haptic technologies, with our target audience, and our preliminary analysis of their feedback suggests that there are many opportunities in which multimodal systems can be used to improve the social engagement of dementia patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538694619
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Event2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2019 Jul 92019 Jul 12

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019


Conference2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Sensory Systems
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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