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

Mike Ligthart, Khiet Phuong 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 languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2015)
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages682-687
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-6703-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
    Event2015 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015 - Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan
    Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sep 2015
    Conference number: 24

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherIEEE

    Conference

    Conference2015 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015
    Abbreviated titleRO-MAN
    CountryJapan
    CityKobe
    Period31/08/154/09/15

    Keywords

    • EWI-26648
    • METIS-315135
    • IR-98918

    Cite this

    Ligthart, M., & Truong, K. P. (2015). Selecting the right robot: Influence of user attitude, robot sociability and embodiment on user preferences. In Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2015) (pp. 682-687). USA: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333598