Robots that operate alongside people need to be able to move in socially acceptable ways. As a step toward this goal, we study how and under which circumstances the angle at which a robot follows a person may affect the human experience and robot tracking performance. In this paper, we aimed to assess three following angles (0 • angle, 30 • angle, and 60 • angle) under two conditions: when the robot was carrying a valuable personal item or not. Objective and subjective indicators of the quality of following and participants' perceptions and preferences were collected. Results indicated that the personal item manipulation increased awareness to the quality of the following and the following angles. Without the manipulation, participants were indifferent to the behavior of the robot. Our following algorithm was successful for tracking at a 0 • and 30 • angle, yet it must be improved for wider angles. Further research is required to obtain better understanding of following angle preferences for varying environment and task conditions.
|Name||25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016|
|Conference||25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016|
|Period||26/08/16 → 31/08/16|
- Artificial Intelligence
- Social Psychology
- Human-Computer Interaction