University of Twente Student Theses


Supporting shared leadership in human-robot teams with minimal robot behavior

Weda, J. (2018) Supporting shared leadership in human-robot teams with minimal robot behavior.

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Abstract:In this thesis we explore how a minimal robot in a human-robot team can influence shared leadership. The robots currently working in human-robot teams are minimal robots: functional robots that have limited social affordances. Shared leadership allows every team member to join in the decision making process giving them voice. A robot could support shared leadership in a human-robot team through constructive behaviors. In order to answer how robot behaviors in a human-robot team influence shared leadership, we designed and validated (n = 107) active and passive constructive interaction patterns. We performed an experiment (n = 68) to test the influence of the two interaction patterns on shared leadership. We found two significant differences, namely participants rate each other higher in problem solving in the passive condition, and participants talk more in the active condition. Our findings suggest that an active robot is able to achieve voice and share in leadership. This thesis contributes to HRI research by showing how a robot could share in leadership of a human-robot team through voice, and provides design implications for a robot to share in leadership using non-verbal behaviors by showing minimal behavior designs and their effects on shared leadership in a team.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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