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Becoming in touch with industrial robots through ethnography

Barker, N; Jewitt, C; Price, S; (2020) Becoming in touch with industrial robots through ethnography. In: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. (pp. pp. 128-130). ACM: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Touch is central to communication and social interaction. For both humans and robots touch is a mode through which they sense the world. A second wave of industrial robots is reshaping how touch operates within the labor process. Recent studies have turned their attention to the role of touch in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). While these studies have produced useful knowledge in relation to the affective capacities of robotic touch, methods remain restrictive. This paper contributes to expanding research methods for the study of robotic touch. It reports on the design of an ongoing ethnography that forms part of the InTouch project. The interdisciplinary project takes forward a socially orientated stance and is concerned with how technologies shape the semiotic and sensory dimensions of touch in the 'real world'. We contend that these dimensions are key factors in shaping how humans and robots interact, yet are currently overlooked in the HRI community. This multi-sited sensory ethnography research has been designed to explore the social implications of robotic touch within industrial settings (e.g. manufacturing and construction).

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Becoming in touch with industrial robots through ethnography
Event: HRI '20: 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3371382.3378246
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378246
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Robotic touch; Multi-sited sensory ethnography; Industrial robots
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10098028
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