Selecting the right robot: Influence of user attitude, robot sociability and embodiment on user preferences

Mike Ligthart, Khiet P. Truong

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Abstract

Selecting the suitable form of a robot, i.e. physical or virtual, for a task is not straightforward. The choice for a physical robot is not self-evident when the task is not physical but entirely social in nature. Results from previous studies comparing robots with different body types are found to be inconclusive. We performed a user study to provide a more sound comparison between a virtual and physical robot operating in a social setting. Besides body type, we manipulated the sociability of the robot. Our results show that 1) user preferences indicate that robot sociability is more important than body type for selecting a robot in a non-physical social setting, and 2) the user's attitude towards robots is an important moderating factor influencing robot preference.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRO-MAN 2015 - 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Symposium Digest
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages682-687
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467367042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Volume2015-November

Conference

Conference24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKobe
Period31/08/154/09/15

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