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Sharing spaces, sharing lives - The impact of robot mobility on user perception of a home companion robot

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publication5th Int Conf, ICSR 2013
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02675-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-02674-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


This paper examines the role of spatial behaviours in building human-robot relationships. A group of 8 participants, involved in a long-term HRI study, interacted with an artificial agent using different embodiments over a period of one and a half months. The robot embodiments had similar interactional and expressive capabilities, but only one embodiment was capable of moving. Participants reported feeling closer to the robot embodiment capable of physical movement and rated it as more likable. Results suggest that while expressive and communicative abilities may be important in terms of building affinity and rapport with human interactants, the importance of physical interactions when negotiating shared physical space in real time should not be underestimated.


Syrdal D.S., Dautenhahn K., Koay K.L., Walters M.L., Ho W.C. (2013) 'Sharing Spaces, Sharing Lives – The Impact of Robot Mobility on User Perception of a Home Companion Robot', In: Herrmann G., Pearson M.J., Lenz A., Bremner P., Spiers A., Leonards U. (eds) Social Robotics. ICSR 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 8239. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02675-6_32 Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics, (ICSR) 2013, Bristol, UK, 27-29 October 2013. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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