Robots as Assistive Technology - Does appearance matter?

TitleRobots as Assistive Technology - Does appearance matter?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRobins B, Dautenhahn K, Boekhorst R, Balliard A
Conference NameProceedings of the 13th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2004)
AbstractThis paper studies the effect of a robot’s design (appearance) in facilitating and encouraging interaction of children with autism with a small humanoid robot. The paper compares the children’s level of interaction with and response to the robot in two different scenarios: one where the robot was dressed like a human (with a ‘pretty-girl’ appearance) with an uncovered face, and the other when it appeared with plain clothing and with a featureless, masked face. The results of these trials clearly indicate the children’s preference in their initial response for interaction with a plain, featureless robot over interaction with a human like robot.
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