Publication Details

Vineeth Rajamohan, Connor Scully-Allison, Sergiu Dascalu, and David Feil-Seifer. "Factors Influencing The Human Preferred Interaction Distance." To Appear in IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), New Delhi, India, Oct 2019.


  • Keywords:
  • SARG
  • HRI
  • path-planning
  • Socially-Aware Navigation (SAN)

Abstract

Nonverbal interactions are a key component of human communication. Since robots have become significant by trying to get close to human beings, it is important that they follow social rules governing the use of space. Prior research has conceptualized personal space as physical zones which are based on static distances. This work examined how preferred interaction distance can change given different interaction scenarios. We conducted a user study using three different robot heights. We also examined the difference in preferred interaction distance when a robot approaches a human and, conversely, when a human approaches a robot. Factors included in quantitative analysis are the participants' gender, robot's height, and method of approach. Subjective measures included human comfort and perceived safety. The results obtained through this study shows that robot height, participant gender and method of approach were significant factors influencing measured proxemic zones and accordingly participant comfort. Subjective data showed that experiment respondents regarded robots in a more favorable light following their participation in this study. Furthermore, the NAO was perceived most positively by respondents according to various metrics and the PR2 Tall, most negatively.

Author Details

Name: Vineeth Rajamohan
Status: Active

Name: Connor Scully-Allison
Status: Inactive

Name: Sergiu Dascalu
Status: Inactive

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

BibTex Reference

@inproceedings{rajamohan2019factors,
  title={Factors Influencing The Human Preferred Interaction Distance},
  author={Vineeth Rajamohan and Connor Scully-Allison and Sergiu Dascalu and David Feil-Seifer},
  year={2019},
  month={October},
  address={New Delhi, India},
  booktitle={IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)},
}

HTML Reference

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Support

CHS: Small: Socially-Aware Navigation, National Science Foundation PI: David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Monica Nicolescu, Amount: $500,000, Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2020