Empirical Study of Socially-Appropriate Interaction

thumbnail for Empirical Study of Socially-Appropriate Interaction The goal of this project is to investigate how human-robot interaction is best structured for everyday interaction. Possible scenarios include work, home, and other care settings where socially assistive robotics may be used as educational aids, provide aid for persons with disabilities, and act as therapeutic aids for children with developmental disorders. In order for robots to be integrated smoothly into our daily lives, a much clearer understanding of fundamental human-robot interaction principles is required. Human-human interaction demonstrates how collaboration between humans and robots may occur. This project will study how socially appropriate interaction and, importantly socially-inappropriate interaction can affect human-robot collaboration.

In order to explore the nature of collaborative HRI for long-term interaction, REU participants will work with project personnel to develop controlled experiments which isolate individual aspects of collaborative HRI such as conformity, honesty, mistreatment, and deference. Students will examine these factors in a single-session experiment that they design. The results from these experiments will be used to focus multi-session follow-up studies that will be conducted in-between summers. The results of this research project will be a compendium of data demonstrating how humans and robots interact in situations of daily life, such as manufacturing, education, and daily living.



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