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Simão H., Avelino J., Duarte N., Figueiredo R.

HRI '18 Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

pp 365



The refugee crisis is one of society’s leading challenges. After a journey for survival, refugees and host institutions face barriers that hinder the integration process. To design solutions, we interviewed two groups: host institutions and past refugees. We identified critical issues, from legal concerns, like unfamiliarity of their Refugee Status, to grocery shopping. Our envisioned solution is GeeBot, a low-cost egg-shaped robot that institutions would lend to arriving families for eighteen months. GeeBot will be a translator with teaching functions, an information provider, and an active promoter of interaction between native and refugee populations.