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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Humanities and Arts
Major Qualifying Project
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