An experimental investigation of interference effects in human-humanoid interaction games

Qiming Shen*, Hatice Kose-Bagci, Joe Saunders, Kerstin Dautenhahn

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Abstract

Investigating how people respond to and relate to robots is a multifaceted scientific challenge. This paper reports on an experimental investigation concerning movement interference effects between a human and a robot. We compare results with that obtained by Oztop et al. [1], however, in our study we used a small child-sized robot (KASPAR) with an overall human-like appearance. The experiment was conducted with both child and adult participants who interacted with a small humanoid robot using arm waving behaviours. The experimental setup was designed to be less constrained than in [1] with an emphasis on playful interaction. The experimental results did not show evidence for interference effects. This might be due to a more game-like and less constrained experimental environment or to the specific features of the robot or both. In addition to measurements of the variance of the movements, we investigated a measure for behavioural synchrony between human and robot movements based on the concept of information distance. The results of information distance analysis indicated that most of the human participants were affected by the robot's behavioural rhythms. While our experiments did not show a movement interference effect, we found behavioural adaptation of participants' movement timing to the robot's movements. Thus, the measure of behavioural synchrony that we introduced appears useful for complementing other measures (such as variance) previously used in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRO-MAN 2009 - 18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive
Pages291-298
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive, RO-MAN 2009 - Toyama, Japan
Duration: 27 Sept 20092 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication

Conference

Conference18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive, RO-MAN 2009
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityToyama
Period27/09/092/10/09

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