Faculty Advisor

Rich, Charles

Abstract

The goal of this project was to study the effect of robot gestures on the quality of collaboration between an autonomous robot and a human. We conducted a spoken-language human-robot interaction study with 26 participants which showed that adding robot head turns (to make eye contact with the human) and robot arm gestures (to point toward task-related objects) improved the human's perception of the robot's interaction skills and role as a good collaborator. These results have important implications for the design of human-robot interactions in general.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2010

Major

Computer Science

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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