A Narrative Approach to Human-Robot Interaction Prototyping for Companion Robots

Kheng Koay, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Michael Walters

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This paper presents a proof of concept prototype study for domestic home robot companions, using a narrative-based methodology based on the principles of immersive engagement and fictional enquiry, creating scenarios which are inter-connected through a coherent narrative arc, to encourage participant immersion within a realistic setting. The aim was to ground human interactions with this technology in a coherent, meaningful experience. Nine participants interacted with a robotic agent in a smart home environment twice a week over a month, with each interaction framed within a greater narrative arc. Participant responses, both to the scenarios and the robotic agents used within them are discussed, suggesting that the prototyping methodology was successful in conveying a meaningful interaction experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-85
Number of pages20
JournalPALADYN: Journal of Behavioural Robotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2020


  • human-robot interactions
  • prototyping
  • robot companions
  • social robotics
  • user studies


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