An investigation into the social acceptance of using contact for inducing an obstructing human

Moondeep Chandra Shrestha, Ayano Kobayashi, Tomoya Onishi, Erika Uno, Hayato Yanagawa, Yuta Yokoyama, Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Alexander Schmitz, Shigeki Sugano

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Abstract

In densely populated scenarios with cramped spaces, it is very difficult to achieve safe and efficient navigation without cooperation from humans. One way in which we can seek cooperation from humans is by using contact to influence them to give way. However, such a method may incur certain psychological implications and therefore requires an acceptability check to ensure whether such action is acceptable or not. For this purpose, we investigate the participant's subjective response towards robot-initiated touch during the course of navigation. We conducted a 2 (robotic experience vs. none) x 2 (warning vs. none) between-subject experiment with 44 people in which a mobile robotic platform exerted contact on an unaware and obstructing participant to make way towards its goal. Our results show that prior experience with robots produces slightly better response even though the results are not statistically significant. However, a verbal warning prior to contact yielded much more favorable response. In general, the participants did not find contact to be uncomfortable and were not opposed to robot-initiated contact if deemed necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages941-946
Number of pages6
Volume2015-December
ISBN (Print)9781479968855
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 22
Event15th IEEE RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2015 Nov 32015 Nov 5

Other

Other15th IEEE RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period15/11/315/11/5

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Keywords

  • Mobile communication
  • Mobile robots
  • Navigation
  • Robot sensing systems
  • Safety
  • Service robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Shrestha, M. C., Kobayashi, A., Onishi, T., Uno, E., Yanagawa, H., Yokoyama, Y., Kamezaki, M., Schmitz, A., & Sugano, S. (2015). An investigation into the social acceptance of using contact for inducing an obstructing human. In IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Vol. 2015-December, pp. 941-946). [7363482] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HUMANOIDS.2015.7363482