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Robots in the spotlight

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

Self-driving cars, humanoid robots, pet-like autonomous robots, home robots, or social robots: robots are all around us. Would you like to know what kind of research is done is this area? Read these four blog articles to find out how and why human-robot interaction is studied by many researchers around the world!

Robot-child interactions – helping children with autism learn skills

Sandra Costa and colleagues explored if a robot, in this case KASPAR (a humanoid robot with a static body, able to move its arms and head in order to simulate gestures in social interaction), could help elicit interactions between an autistic child and another person and if KASPAR could help the children learn more about body parts and learn to identify their own body parts. Read more!

Can you trust a robot?

David DeSteno and colleagues wanted to find out how people can assess the trustworthiness of a business partner and how this trust is earned. They performed two experiments in order to identify non-verbal cues related to trustworthy behavior. In one experiment, they used the state-of-the-art robot Nexi from MIT. The robot was programmed to mimic specific human behaviors. Learn more!

Human-robot interaction in remote friendships and family relations

Fotios Papadopoulos, Kerstin Dautenhahn, and Wan Ching Ho investigated the role of interactive robots as communication mediators. For this study, a Sony AIBO robot was used. This is a little pet-like autonomous robot that is able to learn and mature. Read the blog post here!

Attracting attention in a simulated living room

Francesco Piunti and colleagues chose to use robots in their study to determine the amount of time it took a robot to draw attention to itself while a participant was watching television. They investigated the use of bimodal cues and how that impacted reaction time. Interested in learning more about how these researchers used bimodal cues to attract the attention of the participants and study reaction times? Download the case study they wrote about this project for free!

And much much more...

Would you like to learn more? Check out these articles:

  • Bartneck, C.; Kanda, T.; Mubin, O.; Al Mahmud, A. (2009). Does the design of a robot influence its animacy and perceived intelligence? International Journal of Social Robotics, 1, 195-204.
  • Costa, S.; Lehmann, H.; Robins, B.; Dautenhahn K.; Soares, F. (2013). "Where is your nose?" - Developing body awareness skills among children with autism using a humanoid robot. ACHI 2013.
  • DeSTeno, D.; Breazeal, C.; Frank, R.H.; Pizarro, D.; Baumann, J.; Dickens. L.; Lee, J.J. (2012). Detecting the Trustworthiness of Noval Partners in Economic Exchange. Psychological Science, 23.
  • Kozima, H.; Michalowski, M.P.; Nakagawa, C. (2009). Keepon: a playful robot for research, therapy, and entertainment. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1, 3-18.
  • Papadopoulos, F; Dautenhahn, K.; Ho, W.C. (2012). Exploring the use of robots as social mediators in a remote human-human collaborative communication experiment. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 3 (1), 1-10.
  • Wood, L.J.; Dautenhahn, K.; Rainer, A.; Robins, B.; Lehmann, H.; Syrdal, D.S. (2013). Robot-Mediated interviews - How effective is a humanoid robot as a tool for interviewing young children? Plos One, 8 (3), DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0059448