Robovacs in the domestic environment:measuring physiology to identify emotions underlying real-world human-robot interaction

Einhoff, S. (2011) Robovacs in the domestic environment:measuring physiology to identify emotions underlying real-world human-robot interaction.

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Abstract:During the last decade the development of personal service robots has been thriving. In addition to the technical requirements, attention has to be paid to the human-centered viewpoint, which concentrates on the interaction between humans and robots (Dautenhahn, 2007). Accordingly, within the context of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) this study investigates user’s emotional response toward vacuum robots (robovacs) by employing physiological (EDA), quantitative and qualitative measurements. The study included observing two distinct robovacs in the living rooms of the participants (n=16). The results indicated a higher physiological reaction during robot interaction than during non-activity. Instead of finding a significant difference in EDA reaction toward the robovacs, a significant gender difference was found. Though the amount of collisions differed significantly, no relation between collisions and arousal could be established. In general Samsung vacuum cleaner, Navibot, received a more positive evaluation than iRobot’s Roomba. As this study is a means to indicate first experimental insights, future research could conduct a longitudinal field-study where the individual reactions toward the robovacs could be investigated in more detail.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61339
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