Five Weeks in the Robot House: Exploratory Human-Robot Interaction Trials in a Domestic Setting

K.L. Koay, D.S. Syrdal, M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn

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This paper presents five exploratory trials investigating scenarios likely to occur when a personal robot shares a home with a person. The scenarios are: a human and robot working on a collaborative task, a human and robot sharing a physical space in a domestic setting, a robot recording and revealing personal information, a robot interrupting a human in order to serve them, and finally, a robot seeking assistance from a human through various combinations of physical and verbal cues. Findings indicate that participants attribute more blame and less credit to a robot than compared to themselves when working together on a collaborative task. Safety is a main concern when determining participants' comfort when sharing living space with their robot. Findings suggest that the robot should keep its interruption of the user's activities to a minimum. Participants were happy for the robot to store information which is essential for the robot to improve its functionality. However, their main concerns were related to the storing of sensitive information and security measures to safeguard such information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer-Human Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationProcs 2nd Int Conf on Advances in Computer-Human Interaction ACHI'09
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7695-3529-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-3351-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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