She's electric-The influence of body proportions on perceived gender of robots across cultures

Gabriele Trovato, Cesar Lucho, Renato Paredes

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Abstract

The assignment of gender to robots is a debatable topic. Subtle aspects related to gender, in a robot's appearance, may create biased expectations of the robot's abilities and influence user acceptance. The present research is a cross-cultural study involving more than 150 participants to investigate the perception of gender in robot design by manipulating body proportions. We are focusing specifically on the contrast between two extremely different cultures: Peruvian and Japanese. From the survey based on stimuli varying in the proportion between chest, waist, and hips, the results indicate the importance of chest-to-hip ratio and waist-to-hip ratio in the attribution of gender to robots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalRobotics
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 5

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Humanoid robots
  • Robot design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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