Publication Details

Zachary Carlson, Timothy Sweet, Jared Rhizor, Houston Lucas, Jamie Poston, and David Feil-Seifer. "Team-Building Activities For Heterogeneous Groups of Humans and Robots." In International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), page 113-123, Paris, France, Oct 2015. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_12 ( pdf )

  • Keywords:
  • SARG
  • HRI
  • team-building


As robots become more integrated into society and the workforce, people will be required to work cooperatively with not just other people, but robots as well. People engage in team-building activities to improve cooperation and promote positive group identity. This paper explores the effect that a team-building activity had on humans working cooperatively with human and robot teammates with the goal of better understanding how to improve cooperation between a human and a robotic agent. We conducted a 2x2 study with the presence or absence of a team-building activity and the possibility or impossibility of the cooperative task. 40 participants conducted a group search task with a robot and another human partner. Half of the participants engaged in a short team-building exercise. Surveys were used to capture participants' perceptions before and after the session. Success and failure of the task was also measured to identify any changes related to the outcome of the team-building task. It was found that humans' perceptions of robots improve after performing team-building activities. We also found that this effect was comparable to the change of perception when the group succeeded on the task.

Author Details

Name: Zachary Carlson
Status: Active

Name: Timothy Sweet
Status: Inactive

Name: Jared Rhizor
Status: Inactive

Name: Houston Lucas
Status: Active

Name: Jamie Poston
Status: Active

Name: David Feil-Seifer
Phone: (775) 784-6469
Status: Active

BibTex Reference

  title={Team-Building Activities For Heterogeneous Groups of Humans and Robots},
  author={Zachary Carlson and Timothy Sweet and Jared Rhizor and Houston Lucas and Jamie Poston and David Feil-Seifer},
  address={Paris, France},
  booktitle={International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)},

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<span class="authors">Zachary Carlson, Timothy Sweet, Jared Rhizor, Houston Lucas, Jamie Poston, and David Feil-Seifer</span>. <span class="title">"Team-Building Activities For Heterogeneous Groups of Humans and Robots." </span> In <span class="booktitle">International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)</span>, <span class="page">page 113-123</span>, <span class="address">Paris, France</span>, <span class="month">Oct</span> <span class="year">2015</span>. <span class="ending"></span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_12</span>


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