Learning about natural human-robot interaction styles

Tamie Salter, Kerstin Dautenhahn, René Te Boekhorst

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    If we are to achieve natural human-robot interaction, we may need to complement current vision and speech interfaces. Touch may provide us with an extra tool in this quest. In this paper we demonstrate the role of touch in interaction between a robot and a human. We show how infrared sensors located on robots can be easily used to detect and distinguish human interaction, in this case interaction with individual children. This application of infrared sensors potentially has many uses; for example, in entertainment or service robotics. This system could also benefit therapy or rehabilitation, where the observation and recording of movement and interaction is important. In the long term, this technique might enable robots to adapt to individuals or individual types of user.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-134
    Number of pages8
    JournalRobotics and Autonomous Systems
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2006
    EventIntelligent Autonomous systems -
    Duration: 10 Apr 200513 Apr 2005


    • Adaptation
    • Natural human-robot interaction
    • Patterns of behaviour
    • Touch


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