Conducting a research becomes a challenging task when a large number of scientific data is available and needs to be organized. In addition, research facilities may not be easily accessible due to the limitation in using hi-tech equipment and the resulting expenses. While, there are sophisticated tools for managing research data and assisting the researcher in conducting a research, they are not accessible through a union integrated manner, and sometimes the researcher is overwhelmed with these tools, with additional effort to learn how to work with them. To overcome these challenges, we propose a personalized intelligent assistant as a social robot, called RoboDoc, to assist the researcher in research steps such as idea generation, designing research methodology, and collecting and analyzing research data. We introduce a conceptual framework for RoboDoc to describe its services and design requirements, and at the end we briefly discuss our current efforts in developing RoboDoc.
Mohebi, Azadeh, Ramin Golshaie, Soheil Ganjefar, Ammar Jalalimanesh, Parnian Afshar, Ali Aali Hosseini, Seyyed Alireza Ghoreishi, and Amir Badamchi. 2016. Conceptual Framework for RoboDoc: A New Social Robot for Research Assistantship. Paper presented at The Eight International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), Kansas City.