Human Perceptions of the Severity of Domestic Robot Errors

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As robots increasingly take part in daily living activities, humans will have to interact with them in domestic and other human-oriented environments. We can expect that domestic robots will exhibit occasional mechanical, programming or functional errors, as occur with other electrical consumer devices. For example, these errors could include software errors, dropping objects due to gripper malfunctions, picking up the wrong object or showing faulty navigational skills due to unclear camera images or noisy laser scanner data respectively. It is therefore important for a domestic robot to have acceptable interactive behaviour when exhibiting and recovering from an error situation. As a first step, the current study investigated human users’ perceptions of the severity of various categories of potential errors that are likely to be exhibited by a domestic robot. We conducted a questionnaire-based study, where participants rated 20 different scenarios in which a domestic robot made an error. The potential errors were rated by participants by severity. Our findings indicate that people perceptions of the magnitude of the errors presented in the questionnaire were consistent. We did not find any significant differences in users’ ratings due to age and gender. We clearly identified scenarios that were rated by participants as having limited consequences (“small” errors) and that were rated as having severe consequences (“big” errors). Future work will use these two sets of consistently rated robot error scenarios as baseline scenarios to perform studies with repeated interactions investigating human perceptions of robot tasks and error severity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 9th International Conference, ICSR 2017, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
Volume10652 LNAI
ISBN (Print)9783319700212
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event9th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2017 - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10652 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2017


  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Robot companion
  • Social robotics


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