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." Sep 2021. International Conference on Social Robotics. ( pdf )


  • Keywords:
  • HRI
  • Trust

Abstract

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
email: rsalek@nevada.unr.edu
Status: Active

Name: Bashira Akter Anima
email: banima@nevada.unr.edu
Status: Active

Name: David Feil-Seifer
email: dave@cse.unr.edu
Website: http://cse.unr.edu/~dave
Phone: (775) 784-6469
Status: Active

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},
  year={2021},
  month={September},
  publisher={International Conference on Social Robotics},
}

HTML Reference

<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> <span class="month">Sep</span> <span class="year">2021</span>. <span class="ending">International Conference on Social Robotics.</span>

Support

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