Dr Craig John Sutherland

BSc(Hons), PhD Auck.

Biography

Craig is a Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests revolve around how people interact with robots and how these interactions can be improved. He is a member of the CARES group (http://robotics.auckland.ac.nz), a multi-disciplinary group exploring how robots can improve society.

Craig was a software developer for several years before returning to academia. During this time, he was involved in developing several large, web-based applications in hospitals and universities. In addition to his studies in robotics, he also has experience with human computer interaction and childhood education. His undergraduate degree was in Exercise Science, with a focus on physiology.

Research | Current

I am currently researching four related areas:

  • Robots for Children in Hospital: we are exploring how robots can help children and hospital staff. Overseas research indicates that robots are useful for pain management, health education and modeling (showing children how to do something.) We are expanding this and investigating how robots can act as a healthcare assistant, especially for children needing long-term stays.
  • Teaching Computer Science with Robots: I am involved with using robots at schools and public libraries in Auckland. I am interested to see how a robot influences children's engagement with computer science concepts and how they learn with a robot.
  • Assisting Elderly People: increasing our healthcare systems are unable to keep up with the increase in older populations. We are investigating how robots can be used to improve people's day-to-day living, so they can maintain their independence as they age.
  • End-user Programming for Robots: While robots are complex, the tasks people want them to do are often simple. In this area, we are exploring how to build tools so people can program robots without needing programming experience.

Postgraduate supervision

Yuxuan Hu: end-user programming for Healthbots. (MEngSt dissertation).

Distinctions/Honours

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholar

Areas of expertise

Healthcare robots

Robots for education

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Broadbent, E., Montgomery Walsh, R., Martini, N., Loveys, K., & Sutherland, C. (2020). Evaluating the usability of new software for medication management on a social robot. ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. 10.1145/3371382.3378320
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Nataly Martini, Kate Loveys
  • Johanson, D. L., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B. A., Ahn, B. K., Lim, J., Hwang, E., ... Broadbent, E. (2020). Correction: The Effect of Robot Attentional Behaviors on User Perceptions and Behaviors in a Simulated Health Care Interaction: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 22 (3)10.2196/18362
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Deborah Johanson, Bruce MacDonald
  • Johanson, D. L., Ahn, H. S., Sutherland, C. J., Brown, B., MacDonald, B. A., Lim, J. Y., ... Broadbent, E. (2020). Smiling and use of first-name by a healthcare receptionist robot: Effects on user perceptions, attitudes, and behaviours. Paladyn, 11 (1), 40-51. 10.1515/pjbr-2020-0008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Bruce MacDonald
  • Johanson, D. L., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B. A., Ahn, B. K., Lim, J., Hwang, E., ... Broadbent, E. (2019). The Effect of Robot Attentional Behaviors on User Perceptions and Behaviors in a Simulated Health Care Interaction: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 21 (10)10.2196/13667
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Deborah Johanson, Bruce MacDonald
  • Law, M., Sutherland, C., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B. A., Peri, K., Johanson, D. L., ... Broadbent, E. (2019). Developing assistive robots for people with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia: a qualitative study with older adults and experts in aged care. BMJ open, 9 (9)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031937
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49792
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mikaela Law, Elizabeth Broadbent, Bruce MacDonald, Ngaire Kerse, Kathy Peri, Deborah Johanson
  • Dawe, J., Sutherland, C., Barco, A., & Broadbent, E. (2019). Can social robots help children in healthcare contexts? A scoping review. BMJ paediatrics open, 3 (1)10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000371
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Law, M., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B., Vasjakovic, D. S., Lim, J. Y., Lee, M. H., ... Broadbent, E. (2019). User Testing of Cognitive Training Games for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Design Implications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 10.1007/978-3-030-35888-4_43
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mikaela Law, Bruce MacDonald, Elizabeth Broadbent, Ngaire Kerse, Kathy Peri
  • Sutherland, C. J., Ahn, B. K., Brown, B., Lim, J., Johanson, D. L., Broadbent, E., ... Ahn, H. S. (2019). The Doctor will See You Now: Could a Robot Be a medical Receptionist?. Paper presented at International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal, CANADA. 20 May - 24 May 2019. 2019 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA). (pp. 7).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48651
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Bruce MacDonald, Deborah Johanson

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ENGINEERING BLOCK 5 - Bldg 405
Level 6, Room 665
5 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
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