What makes robots social? A user’s perspective on characteristics for social human-robot interaction

M.M.A. de Graaf, Soumaya Ben Allouch

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

31 Citations (Scopus)
761 Downloads (Pure)


A common description of a social robot is for it to be capable of communicating in a humanlike manner. However, a description of what communicating in a ‘humanlike manner’ means often remains unspecified. This paper provides a set of social behaviors and certain specific features social robots should possess based on user’s experience in a longitudinal home study, discusses whether robots can actually be social, and presents some recommendations to build better social robots.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2015
Event7th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2015: Individual Differences - Paris, France
Duration: 26 Oct 201530 Oct 2015
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2015
Abbreviated titleICSR 2015
Internet address


  • IR-96864
  • METIS-311264

Cite this