Design of an Office-Guide Robot for Social Interaction Studies
Christensen, Henrik I.
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In this paper, the design of an office-guide robot for social interaction studies is presented. We are interested in studying the impact of passage behaviours in casual encounters. While the system offers assistance in locating the appropriate office that a visitor wants to reach, it is expected to engage in a passing behaviour to allow free passage for other persons that it may encounter. Through use of such an approach it is possible to study the effect of social interaction in a situation that is much more natural than out-of-context user studies. The system has been tested in an early evaluation phase when it worked for almost 7 hours. A total of 64 interactions with people were registered and 13 passage behaviors were performed to conclude that this framework can be successfully used for the evaluation of passing behaviors in natural contexts of operation.