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Social robotics

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Handbook of Robotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages1935-1971
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9783319325521
ISBN (Print)9783319325507
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Abstract

This chapter surveys some of the principal research trends in Social Robotics and its application to human-robot interaction (HRI). Social (or Sociable) robots are designed to interact with people in a natural, interpersonal manner - often to achieve positive outcomes in diverse applications such as education, health, quality of life, entertainment, communication, and tasks requiring collaborative teamwork. The long-term goal of creating social robots that are competent and capable partners for people is quite a challenging task. They will need to be able to communicate naturally with people using both verbal and nonverbal signals. They will need to engage us not only on a cognitive level, but on an emotional level as well in order to provide effective social and task-related support to people. They will need a wide range of social-cognitive skills and a theory of other minds to understand human behavior, and to be intuitively understood by people. A deep understanding of human intelligence and behavior across multiple dimensions (i.?e., cognitive, affective, physical, social, etc.) is necessary in order to design robots that can successfully play a beneficial role in the daily lives of people. This requires a multidisciplinary approach where the design of social robot technologies and methodologies are informed by robotics, artificial intelligence, psychology, neuroscience, human factors, design, anthropology, and more.

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