How we own drones: On the sense of ownership in the drone design

Anastasia Kuzminykh, Jessica R. Cauchard

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While HCI research on the sense of ownership over technological possession is actively developing, there is a noticeable lack of understanding of how users develop and experience ownership over social drones. In this position paper, we discuss how the specifics of drone technology, such as the possibility of autonomous operation mode, their ability to act as user's proxy on a distance, and users' tendency for anthropomorphization, might bring unique aspects to the user's sense of psychological ownership over drones compared to other technological possessions. Furthermore, we suggest that the sense of ownership is one of the fundamental questions in human-drone interaction and spans through major user-centered concerns in drone design.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event2020 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction, iHDI 2020 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 26 Apr 2020 → …


  • Drones
  • Ownership
  • Possessions
  • Social context
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)


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