Robots Guiding Small Groups: The Effect of Appearance Change on the User Experience

Michiel Joosse, Robin Knuppe, Geert Pingen, Rutger Varkevisser, Josip Vukoja, Manja Lohse, Vanessa Evers

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    Abstract

    In this paper we present an exploratory user study in which a robot guided small groups of two to three people. We manipulated the appearance of the robot in terms of the position of a tablet providing information (facing the group that was guided or the walking direction) and the type of information displayed (eyes or route information). Our results indicate that users preferred eyes on a display that faced the walking direction and route information on a display that faced them. The study gave us strong indication to believe that people are not in favor of eyes looking at them during the guiding.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction
    EditorsM. Salem, A. Weiss, P. Baxter, K. Dautenhahn
    Place of PublicationCanterbury, UK
    PublisherUniversity of Kent
    Pages6
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2015
    Event4th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, NF-HRI 2015 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Duration: 21 Apr 201522 Apr 2015
    Conference number: 4

    Conference

    Conference4th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, NF-HRI 2015
    Abbreviated titleNF-HRI
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityCanterbury
    Period21/04/1522/04/15

    Keywords

    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/2007-2013
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/600877
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors

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