Artists as HRI pioneers: A creative approach to developing novel interactions for living with robots

H. Lehmann, M.L. Walters, A. Dumitriu, A. May, K.L. Koay, J. Sàez-Pons, D.S. Syrdal, L.J. Wood, Joe Saunders, N. Burke, I. Duque-Garcia, B. Christianson, K. Dautenhahn

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In this article we present a long-term, continuous human-robot cohabitation experiment, which involved two professional artists, whose artistic work explores the boundary between science and society. The artists lived in the University of Hertfordshire Robot House full-time with various robots with different characteristics in a smart home environment. The artists immersed themselves in the robot populated living environment in order to explore and develop novel ways to interact with robots. The main research aim was to explore in a qualitative way the impact of a continuous weeklong exposure to robot companions and sensor environments on humans. This work has developed an Integrative Holistic Feedback Approach (IHFA) involving knowledgeable users in the design process of appearances, functionality and interactive behaviour of robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, ICSR 2013
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02675-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-02674-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Event5th Int Conf on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 201329 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference5th Int Conf on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Art
  • Human-robot co-habitation
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Robot companions


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