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Main Title: The Influence of Distance and Lateral Offset of Follow Me Robots on User Perception
Author(s): Siebert, Felix Wilhelm
Klein, Jacobe
Rötting, Matthias
Roesler, Eileen
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Robots that are designed to work in close proximity to humans are required to move and act in a way that ensures social acceptance by their users. Hence, a robot's proximal behavior toward a human is a main concern, especially in human-robot interaction that relies on relatively close proximity. This study investigated how the distance and lateral offset of “Follow Me” robots influences how they are perceived by humans. To this end, a Follow Me robot was built and tested in a user study for a number of subjective variables. A total of 18 participants interacted with the robot, with the robot's lateral offset and distance varied in a within-subject design. After each interaction, participants were asked to rate the movement of the robot on the dimensions of comfort, expectancy conformity, human likeness, safety, trust, and unobtrusiveness. Results show that users generally prefer robot following distances in the social space, without a lateral offset. However, we found a main influence of affinity for technology, as those participants with a high affinity for technology preferred closer following distances than participants with low affinity for technology. The results of this study show the importance of user-adaptiveness in human-robot-interaction.
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2020
Date Available: 26-Jun-2020
DDC Class: 150 Psychologie
004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Subject(s): human robot interaction
human following robots
affinity for technology
robot movement conventions
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, 414044773, Open Access Publizieren 2019 - 2020 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Publisher Place: Lausanne
Volume: 7
Article Number: 74
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2020.00074
EISSN: 2296-9144
Appears in Collections:FG Arbeits-, Ingenieur- und Organisationspsychologie » Publications

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