YALE University in New Haven, Connecticut is offering $15 a day for adults with autism to participate in a study for the Robotics Lab. It seems the robots will ultimately assist adults with autism to find jobs. Laudable.
$15 a day for 2 hours of work for 7 days. That's $7.50 an hour. Minimum wage is $12.00 here in Connecticut. Yale's tuition is $55,000+ a year. I wish Dan Olmsted were here to share his thoughts about his alma mater.
Our ready-to-go robot system aims to improve its users’ tolerance to everyday interruptions with efficient and relevant training. Over time, we expect the interruptions will become less disruptive, allowing them to return to their main task more quickly. Our motivation in developing this system is to promote the employability of adults with autism.
Adults diagnosed with autism can declare their interest in participating in this study by completing this short survey: https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vjvlsWauziOQqW.
Participating in our study means training during a 2-hour window per day for at least 7 days. We will be paying participants $15 per day of active participation. More details about the study and the training provided by our robot are included in this summary sheet (also attached).
We’ve developed a robot to provide efficient and relevant training to improve users’ tolerance to interruptions. We expect users will improve their tolerance for work-related interruptions where, with consistent practice, interruptions will become less disruptive, allowing them to return to their original task more quickly.
What are you asking me to do?
If you agree to take part, your participation in this study will involve you engaging in short conversations with a social robot, and some of the discussions may include performing certain tasks. You will also be responding to other types of interruptions initiated by the robot (such as questions or commonplace sounds).
You will be asked to:
Work with the research team to set up the robot system
Specify which days and times you can expect to engage in a training session
Commit to your specified schedule and actively participate in training sessions
Understand that the system records your activities during the training sessions
Inform any other guests or co-residents of the possibility of being recorded during the training sessions Provide feedback on the effectiveness of the robot and training
Provide feedback on the behavior of the robot
How long will it take?
Your involvement will require approximately 15 minutes for setup and 30 minutes to complete the configuration and survey. You will participate in training sessions within a specified 2 or 3-hour period for at most 5 days per week. There are several studies that range from using the robot between 5 to 90 days.
Participation is completely voluntary. You can choose to participate, or you can choose not to participate in this study. If you start participating in the experiment, you can always change your mind and stop at any time.
Is any compensation provided?
You will be given $15 per day of active participation. Initial payment for your participation will be included in the box containing the robot system. Subsequent payments will be remitted on a 7-day periodic basis by money order, mailed to your residence.