Maintaining trust while fixated to a rehabilitative robot

Laura U. Jensen, Trine Straarup Winther, Rasmus Jørgensen, Didde Marie Hellestrup, Lars C. Jensen

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This paper investigates the trust relationship between humans and a rehabilitation robot, the RoboTrainer. We present a study in which participants let the robot guide their arms through a series of preset coordinates in a 3D space. Each participant interact with the robot twice, one time where participants hold on to the robotic arm, and a second time where participants are fixated to the robotic arm. Our findings show that in general participants did not feel more insecure when fixated to the robot. However, when the robot arm moves close to participants and enter their intimate space, or when the robot moves out into an outer position participants display significantly more signs of fear opposed to when the robot arm is in a normal position.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Press
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)9781467383707
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016 - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7. Mar 201610. Mar 2016


Conference11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
SponsorACM SIGAI, ACM SIGAI, IEEE, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society


  • Extreme human-robot interfacing
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Robo-trainer
  • Robot assisted rehabilitation
  • Trust


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