Theatre as a Discussion Tool in Human-Robot Interaction Experiments - A Pilot Study

TitleTheatre as a Discussion Tool in Human-Robot Interaction Experiments - A Pilot Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsChatley AR, Dautenhahn K, Walters ML, Syrdal DS, Christianson B
Conference NameProceedings The Third International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions ACHI 2010
Date Published02/2010
PublisherIEEE Press
Conference LocationSt. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Keywordshuman-robot interaction, lirec, Lirec.Theatre.Human-Robot Interaction. User Evaluation. Robot Performance, Robot Performance, Scenarios., Theatre, Theatre.Human-Robot Interaction. User Evaluation. Robot Performance, Usability, Usability. Scenarios., User Evaluation
AbstractIn the field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), a novel experimental methodology is presented for carrying out studies which uses a theatrical presentation with an actor interacting and cooperating with robots in realistic scenarios before an audience. This methodology has been inspired by previous research in Human-Computer Interaction. The actor also stays in role for a post-theatre session, answering questions and encouraging the audience to discuss their respective opinions and viewpoints relating to the HRI scenario enactment. The development and running of a first exploratory pilot experiment using the new Theatre HRI (THRI) methodology is presented and critically reviewed. Based on this review and the associated findings from the audience discussion session, it is concluded that the Theatre-based HRI (THRI) methodology is viable for performing HRI user studies.,