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Workplan Structure

For assessment of user needs two different user groups have to be considered: the group of primary users (i.e. cognitive and multiple disabled children) as well as secondary users (teachers, therapists, caregivers). The needs of both the primary and secondary users are especially taken into account in the workpackage “Involvement of users and carer” (WP1). These requirements form the input for the two following workpackages “Social play scenarios and Evaluation methods” (WP2) and “Design of Interaction and Interfaces” (WP3). Workpackage WP2 not only results in a detailed description of play scenarios but also defines a set of evaluation methods which will be used in workpackage “Field studies, Evaluation” (WP6). The workpackage “Robot assisted play in learning and therapy” (WP5) analyses the possible use and effects of IROMEC as a tool for therapy and special education. Similar to WP2, this workpackage also results in a description of realistic setups for IROMEC for class-room use as well as methods for later evaluation. Workpackage “Robot design and Prototyping” (WP4) deals with technical design and realisation of the robot prototype(s) as well as all required methods connected to the use of such a ‘social robot’. One of the main research tasks in this particular workpackage will be introduction of system inherent safety and system robustness under unpredictable environments. This implies that the robot development including its control programs is subject to a dependability lifecycle as described in relevant international standards like e.g. EN ISO/IEC 61508 "Functional safety of electrical/ electronic/ programmable safety-related systems". The workpackage on “Field studies, Evaluation” (WP6) will evaluate the developed concepts and prototypes in a realistic environment. Evaluation is not only with respect to technical functionality and dependability aspects of the system and acceptance, but also considering pedagocical / therapeutical issues by applying the evaluation methods developed in WP2 and WP5.