Publication Details

Roya Salek Shahrezaie, Bashira Akter Anima, and David Feil-Seifer. "Birds of a Feather Flock Together: A study of status homophily in HRI." In International Conference on Social Robotics, page 281-291, Sep 2021. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-90525-5_24 ( 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 social connection between people. Studying homophily in human-robot interactions can provide valuable insights for improving those interactions. In this paper, we investigate whether similar interests have a positive effect on a human-robot interaction similar to the positive impact it can have on human-human interaction. We explore whether sharing similar interests can affect trust. This experiment consisted of two NAO robots; each gave differing speeches. For each participant, their national origin was asked in the pre-questionnaire, and during the sessions, one of the robot's topics was either personalized or not to their national origin.
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 summarize the hypotheses here. We conclude that homophily plays a significant role in human-robot interaction, affecting trust in a robot partner.

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 shahrezaie2021birds,
  title={Birds of a Feather Flock Together: A study of status homophily in HRI},
  author={Roya Salek Shahrezaie and Bashira Akter Anima and David Feil-Seifer},
  booktitle={International Conference on Social Robotics},

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<span class="authors">Roya Salek Shahrezaie, Bashira Akter Anima, and David Feil-Seifer</span>. <span class="title">"Birds of a Feather Flock Together: A study of status homophily in HRI." </span> In <span class="booktitle">International Conference on Social Robotics</span>, <span class="page">page 281-291</span>, <span class="month">Sep</span> <span class="year">2021</span>. <span class="ending"></span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-90525-5_24</span>


CHS: Small: Socially-Aware Navigation, National Science Foundation PI: David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Monica Nicolescu, Amount: $500,000, Sept. 1, 2017 - May 31, 2022