What is a robot companion - friend, assistant or butler?

K. Dautenhahn, S. Woods, C. Kaouri, M.L. Walters, K.L. Koay, I. Werry

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Abstract

The study presented in this paper explored people's perceptions and attitudes towards the idea of a future robot companion for the home. A human-centred approach was adopted using questionnaires and human-robot interaction trials to derive data from 28 adults. Results indicated that a large proportion of participants were in favour of a robot companion and saw the potential role as being an assistant, machine or servant. Few wanted a robot companion to be a friend. Household tasks were preferred to child/animal care tasks. Humanlike communication was desirable for a robot companion, whereas humanlike behaviour and appearance were less essential. Results are discussed in relation to future research directions for the development of robot companions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs IEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots & Systems 2005
Subtitle of host publicationIROS'05
Pages1488-1493
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventIEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots & Systems 2005 - Edmonton, Canada
Duration: 2 Aug 20056 Aug 2005

Conference

ConferenceIEEE/RSJ Int Conf on Intelligent Robots & Systems 2005
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityEdmonton
Period2/08/056/08/05

Keywords

  • COGNIRON

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