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Is hugging a robot weird? Investigating the influence of robot appearance on users' perception of hugging

Trovato, G; Do, M; Terlemez, Ö; Mandery, C; Ishii, H; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Asfour, T; (2017) Is hugging a robot weird? Investigating the influence of robot appearance on users' perception of hugging. In: 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids). (pp. pp. 318-323). IEEE Green open access

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Abstract

Humanoid robots are expected to be able to communicate with humans using physical interaction, including hug, which is a common gesture of affection. In order to achieve that, their physical embodiment has to be carefully planned, as a user-friendly design will facilitate interaction and minimise repulsion. In this paper, we investigate the effect of manipulating the visual/tactile appearance of a robot, covering wires and metallic parts with clothes, and the auditory effect by enabling or disabling the connector of the hand. The experiment consists in a hugging interaction between the participants and the humanoid robot ARMAR-IIIb. Results after participation of 24 subjects confirm the positive effect from using clothes to modify the appearance and the negative effect of noise and vibration.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Is hugging a robot weird? Investigating the influence of robot appearance on users' perception of hugging
Event: Humanoids 2016 - IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Dates: 15 November 2016 - 17 November 2016
ISBN-13: 9781509047185
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/HUMANOIDS.2016.7803295
Publisher version: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7803295/
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other works.
Keywords: Humanoid robots, Robot sensing systems, Connectors, Vibrations, Manipulators, Wires
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1539046
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