Skip to main content

Interaction and robot technology

Humans interact with robots in different social contexts. We examine how humans interact with robot technology when doing physical activity.


In the project ‘Bodily and Robotic Interaction: A Transdiciplinary Concept of Rehabilitation Training’ (BARI) we study how people with physical disabilities interact with a special type of robot technology during rehabilitation. Our aim is to develop this technology so that it can assist people with physical disabilities in their rehabilitation. Thereby the technology will also make it easier for these people to participate in physical activities with others.

We run this project in cooperation with The Faculty of Health Sciences, and The Faculty of Engineering, SDU , in connection with the strategic focus of SDU in the humanistic, health scientific and engineering work, TRINITY.


We study interaction involving humans and robot technology with EMCA studies of multimodal interaction.

TRINITY have following interests:

  1. The interactions with robot technology concerning rehabilitation purpose (BARI) take place in clinical environments. They involve professionals such as physiotherapists to teach the patients how to do a move in a way that causes the most optimal effect. The objective of this study is to gain insight into robot assisted rehabilitating physiotherapist training as well as its role in social situations. The project examines the physical interaction between patient and robot technology in relation to the physiotherapist’s multimodal instructions in addition to the physiotherapist’s multimodal instructions in relation to the potential of robot technology, the patient’s capacity and the interaction between patient and robot technology.
  2. In many everyday situations, robot technology can assist people with physical disabilities in daily activities, such as eating. This project’s interest is the robot technology’s potential to support people with physical disabilities so that they become able to participate in physical (sport) activities. The intent is to achieve a technology that is able to help the practitioner to an extent to which she stops focusing on the technology entirely. By means of an EMCA approach the interactional relation between technology, the assisted practitioner and other practitioner is studied.



External lecturer Nathalie Schümchen, Department of Language and Communication (previous member)

Professor Gitte Rasmussen, Department of Language and Communication

PhD student NN


Business partners:

Lecturer Anders Holsgaard-Larsen, Department of Clinical Research

Lecturer Anders Stengaard Sørensen, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute (project manager)

Professor Per Aagaard, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics


Last Updated 13.10.2021