"I would like to get close to you": Making robot personal space invasion less intrusive with a social gaze cue

Stefan-Daniel Suvei, Jered Vroon, Vella Veronica Somoza Sanchez, Leon Bodenhagen, Gwenn Englebienne, Norbert Krüger, Vanessa Evers

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Abstract

How can a social robot get physically close to the people it needs to interact with? We investigated the effect of a social gaze cue by a human-sized mobile robot on the effects of personal space invasion by that robot. In our 2x2 between-subject experiment, our robot would approach our participants (n=83), with/without personal space invasion, and with/without a social gaze cue. With a questionnaire, we measured subjective perception of warmth, competence, and comfort after such an interaction. In addition, we used on-board sensors and a tracking system to measure the dynamics of social positioning behavior. While we did find significant differences in the social positioning dynamics of the participants, no such effect was found upon quantitative analysis of perception of the robot. In a subsequent inductive analysis we further investigated these results, our findings suggesting that the social cue did play a role for the participants -- particularly related to their perceived safety.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Virtual, Augmented, and Intelligent Environments - 12th International Conference, UAHCI 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2018
Pages366-385
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-92051-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-92052-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15. Jul 201820. Jul 2018
Conference number: 12

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Number12
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period15/07/201820/07/2018
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume10908
ISSN0302-9743

Keywords

  • Personal space invasion
  • Social cues
  • Social robotics

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