'WE'- A ROBOTIC SYSTEM TO EXTEND SOCIAL IMPACT OF COMMUNITY GARDENS
Abstract: The social, educational, economic and health benefits from community gardens often stay limited to the gardeners. 'We' is a community-oriented robotic system designed to extend such benefits to the public and community. It consists of 1. 'We-Sense,' garden sensors that encourage community participation, and 2. 'We-Grow,' a responsive installation that reflects the state of and allows to explore the garden and its social life. 'We' aims to provide awareness about the community gardens in public spaces, to increase public literacy about food and community gardening, provide out-of-class education, encourage participation in citizen science and increase community engagement.
Keywords: Community gardens, interactive technology for growing vegetables, Social computing, Human-Robot Interaction.
Swapna Joshi, Natasha Randall, Suraj Chiplunkar, Theodora Wattimena, and Kostas Stavrianakis. 2018. 'We'- A Robotic System to Extend Social Impact of Community Gardens. In Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 349-350.
Conducted at: SICE, Indiana University Bloomington