AIBOcom: DESIGNING ROBOT ENHANCED HUMAN-HUMAN REMOTE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

TitleAIBOcom: DESIGNING ROBOT ENHANCED HUMAN-HUMAN REMOTE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPapadopoulos F, Dautenhahn K, Ho WC, Walters ML
Refereed DesignationUnknown
Conference NameProceedings of the Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research International Conference 2010 (KEER2010)
Date Published3-2010
Conference LocationParis, France
ISBN Number978-4-9905104-0-4
KeywordsHRI, remote communication, social mediation
AbstractWe present a novel method with the long-term goal to enhance human-human remote communication by using robots as social mediators, complementing current internet conferencing technology. Two pet-like robots, which interact individually with two remotely communicating users, allow the users to play an interactive game cooperatively. An exploratory pilot study tested this remote communication system with 10 pairs of users. Evaluation instruments included questionnaires, video observations and screen captures. This paper focuses on the analysis of the questionnaire results. The study tested two experimental conditions, characterised by two different modes of synchronisation between the robots that were located locally with each user. In one mode the robots incrementally affected each other‟s behaviour, while in the other mode, the robots mirrored each other‟s behaviour. This pilot study aimed to identify users‟ preferences for robot mediated human-human interactions in these two modes, as well as investigating users‟ overall acceptance of such communication media. Findings indicated that users preferred the mirroring mode and that in this pilot study robot assisted remote communication was considered desirable and acceptable to the users.
URLhttp://dl.lirec.org/papers/Papadopoulos.et.al-KEER2010.pdf
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