Publication Details

Blanca Miller and David Feil-Seifer. "Embodiment, Situatedness and Morphology for Humanoid Interaction," page 1-23. In Humanoid Robotics: a Reference, Ambarish Goswami and Prahlad Vadakkepat (eds.), page 1-23, Mar 2017. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7194-9_130-1 ( pdf )

  • Keywords:
  • HRI
  • socially assistive robotics
  • mistreatment
  • perception
  • embodiment
  • humanoids
  • morphology


When integrating humanoid robots into our daily lives, a myriad of factors can influence how a person perceives and interacts with a robot. In particular, humanoid robots' embodiment, situatedness, and morphology may individually and collectively affect the interactions between a person and robot. Both utilitarian and aesthetic factors of the physical design of the robot can positively or adversely affect those interactions. It is therefore necessary to investigate how humanoid design choices may impact robots in society. In this chapter, relevant research in the human-robot interaction (HRI) area is presented alongside research that underscores the importance of embodied cognition, situatedness, and morphology of a robot. Literature demonstrates the importance of a materially embodied design that accounts for situatedness as necessary elements to elicit positive perception of a robot agent. Additionally, we explore studies that examine humanoid robots with different morphologies and explore how those design changes alter the interaction that takes place.

Author Details

Name: Blanca Miller
Status: Active

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

BibTex Reference

  title={Embodiment, Situatedness and Morphology for Humanoid Interaction},
  author={Blanca Miller and David Feil-Seifer},
  publisher={Springer Netherlands},
  booktitle={Humanoid Robotics: a Reference},
  editors={Ambarish Goswami and Prahlad Vadakkepat},

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<span class="authors">Blanca Miller and David Feil-Seifer</span>. <span class="title">"Embodiment, Situatedness and Morphology for Humanoid Interaction," page 1-23. </span> In <span class="booktitle">Humanoid Robotics: a Reference</span>, <span class="editors">Ambarish Goswami and Prahlad Vadakkepat (eds.)</span>, <span class="page">page 1-23</span>, <span class="month">Mar</span> <span class="year">2017</span>. <span class="ending"></span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7194-9_130-1</span>


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