User-centred design of humanoid robots' communication

Sofia Thunberg, Tom Ziemke
2020 Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics  
AbstractInteraction between humans and robots will benefit if people have at least a rough mental model of what a robot knows about the world and what it plans to do. But how do we design human-robot interactions to facilitate this? Previous research has shown that one can change people's mental models of robots by manipulating the robots' physical appearance. However, this has mostly not been done in a user-centred way, i.e. without a focus on what users need and want. Starting from theories
more » ... ing from theories of how humans form and adapt mental models of others, we investigated how the participatory design method, PICTIVE, can be used to generate design ideas about how a humanoid robot could communicate. Five participants went through three phases based on eight scenarios from the state-of-the-art tasks in the RoboCup@Home social robotics competition. The results indicate that participatory design can be a suitable method to generate design concepts for robots' communication in human-robot interaction.
doi:10.1515/pjbr-2021-0003 fatcat:cz2uypil4rfa7ir2xcdc7gk6bm