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Main Title: ‘Hey robot, please step back!’ - exploration of a spatial threshold of comfort for human-mechanoid spatial interaction in a hallway scenario
Author(s): Lauckner, M.
Kobiela, F.
Manzey, Dietrich
Type: Conference Object
Abstract: Within the scope of the current research the goal was to develop an autonomous transport assistant for hospitals. As a sort of social robots, they need to fulfill two main requirements with respect to their interactive behavior with humans: (1) a high level of safety and (2) a behavior that is perceived as socially proper. One important element includes the characteristics of movement. However, state-of-the-art hospital robots rather focus on safe but not smart maneuvering. Vital motion parameters in human everyday environment are personal space and velocity. The relevance of these parameters has also been reported in existing human-robot interaction research. However, to date, no minimal accepted frontal and lateral distances for human-mechanoid proxemics have been explored. The present work attempts to gain insights into a potential threshold of comfort and additionally, aims to explore a potential interaction of this threshold and the mechanoid's velocity. Therefore, a user study putting the users in control of the mechanoid was conducted in a laboratory hallway-like setting. Findings align with previously reported personal space zones in human-robot interaction research. Minimal accepted frontal and lateral distances were obtained. Furthermore, insights into a potential categorization of the lateral personal space area around a human are discussed for human-robot interaction.
Subject(s): distance measurement
legged locomotion
human-robot interaction
Issue Date: 20-Oct-2014
Date Available: 4-Dec-2020
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 150 Psychologie
Proceedings Title: The 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Publisher: IEEE
Volume: 23
Article Number: 14695035
Publisher DOI: 10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926348
EISSN: 1944-9437
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6765-0
ISSN: 1944-9445
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 5 Verkehrs- und Maschinensysteme » Inst. Psychologie und Arbeitswissenschaft » FG Arbeits-, Ingenieur- und Organisationspsychologie
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