Robotic Rabbit Companions: Amusing or a Nuisance?

In: J Multimodal User Interfaces (2012) 5:53–59

7 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017

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Dirk Heylen

Human Media Interaction (HMI)

Betsy van Dijk

Human Media Interaction (HMI)

Anton Nijholt

Human Media Interaction (HMI)

Date Written: January 5, 2012

Abstract

Most of the studies in human-robot interaction involve controlled experiments in a laboratory and only a limited number of studies have put robotic companions into people’s home. Introducing robots into a real-life environment does not only pose many technical challenges but also raises several methodological issues. And even though there might be a gain in ecological validity of the findings, there are other drawbacks that limit the validity of the results. In this paper we reflect on some of these issues based on the experience we gained in the SERA project where a robotic companion was put in the homes of a few people for ten days. We try to draw some general lessons from this experience.

Keywords: Social Robotics, Field Study

JEL Classification: C93, D19, O35

Suggested Citation

Heylen, Dirk and van Dijk, Betsy and Nijholt, Anton, Robotic Rabbit Companions: Amusing or a Nuisance? (January 5, 2012). In: J Multimodal User Interfaces (2012) 5:53–59, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2950083

Dirk Heylen (Contact Author)

Human Media Interaction (HMI) ( email )

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede, NB 7522
Netherlands

Betsy Van Dijk

Human Media Interaction (HMI) ( email )

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede, NB 7522
Netherlands

Anton Nijholt

Human Media Interaction (HMI) ( email )

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede, NB 7522
Netherlands

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