Publication Details

Roya Salek Shahrezaie, Bashira Akter Anima, and David Feil-Seifer. "Human and Robot Bonding: A Study on Implying Homophily in HRI." Sep 2020. ( pdf )

  • Keywords:
  • HRI
  • Trust


Homophily, a person's bias for having ties with people who are similar to themselves in social ways, has a vital role in creating a connection between human interactions. Studying homophily in human-robot interactions can provide valuable insights for improving those interactions.
In this paper, we investigated two main ideas: first, does share similar interests have a positive effect on a human-robot interaction similar to the positive impact it can have on human-human interaction; second, does share similar interests can affect trust? The experiment consisted of a session of two speeches on two different topics from two NAO robots, respectively, in the presence of the participant. For each participant, their national origin was asked in the pre-questionnaire, and during the session, one of the robot's topic was chosen based on that. The other speech was about a general point. Since one robot shared a familiar topic, we expected to observe bonding between humans and the robot. We gathered data from a post-questionnaire and analyzed them. The results supported both hypotheses. We concluded that homophily plays a significant role in human-robot interaction and can even affect trust in HRI.

Author Details

Name: Roya Salek Shahrezaie
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Name: Bashira Akter Anima
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Name: David Feil-Seifer
Phone: (775) 784-6469
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BibTex Reference

@inproceedings{salek shahrezaie2020human,
  title={Human and Robot Bonding: A Study on Implying Homophily in HRI},
  author={Roya Salek Shahrezaie and Bashira Akter Anima and David Feil-Seifer},

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<span class="authors">Roya Salek Shahrezaie, Bashira Akter Anima, and David Feil-Seifer</span>. <span class="title">"Human and Robot Bonding: A Study on Implying Homophily in HRI." </span> <span class="month">Sep</span> <span class="year">2020</span>. <span class="ending"></span>


CHS: Small: Socially-Aware Navigation, National Science Foundation PI: David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Monica Nicolescu, Amount: $500,000, Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2021