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A robotic social actor for persuasive Human-Robot Interactions

Cobos Mendez, R. (2018) A robotic social actor for persuasive Human-Robot Interactions.

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Abstract:The development of persuasive functionalities in social robots is a strategy aimed to increase the cooperation willingness of people with the robot, resulting in a better Human-Robot Interaction. However, most of HRI research rely on the anthropomorphism of the embodied agent to facilitate its communication capabilities by using the limbs and the face. Due to this, there is an unexplored potential regarding the persuasive power of non-anthropomorphic robots with minimalistic designs. This project explores the persuasive potential of non-humanoid robots by developing a desk light shaped 5 DOF robot arm to be used as a persuasive social actor. The robot was given behavioural characteristics such as emulated emotions and expressions intended to influence the behaviour of a human being. To achieve this, the RaM HRI Toolkit with Heterogeneous Multilevel Multimodal Mixing is used as software framework and expanded for the persuasive social robot. The goal is to assess the communication intent and interpretation of its expressions using nonverbal cues such as proximity, gaze, posture, and gestures.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:05 communication studies, 53 electrotechnology
Programme:Electrical Engineering MSc (60353)
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