Useful and motivating robots: the influence of task structure on human-robot teamwork

M. Lohse, Vanessa Evers

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    Robots have recently started to leave their safety cages to be used in close vicinity to humans. This also causes changes in the nature of the tasks that robots and humans solve together, i.e., in the degree of structure of the tasks. While traditional, industrial tasks were highly structured, the new tasks often have a low level of structure. We present a user study that compares a highly and a little structured task in a text-based computer game played by human-robot teams. The results suggest that users do not only find robots useful and motivating in highly structured tasks where they depend on their help, but also in little structured tasks that they could solve on their own.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction, HRI 2014
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2658-2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2014
    Event9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2014 - Bielefeld, Germany
    Duration: 3 Mar 20146 Mar 2014
    Conference number: 9

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    Conference9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2014
    Abbreviated titleHRI


    • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents
    • EWI-25398
    • METIS-309710
    • IR-93472
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/610532

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