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The role of imagination in Human-Robot Interaction

Zawieska, K. and Moussa, M. Ben and Duffy, B. R. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N.


Abstract: One of the most intriguing challenges in social robotics is the creation of the illusion of life. When the machine enters our social space, its design refer-ences must be adapted to facilitate its integration and its ability to socially engage those it meets. While an explicitly designed form and function guide the intention to design and control the human-machine interaction, they are not the only varia-bles. The human imagination and one’s ability to interpret behaviour and project such concepts as intelligence and emotion are inevitable. This paper presents a qualitative pilot study on how the imagination influences a users’ perception of a robot as being alive. The objective is to show both the potential and the risks that arise in human-robot social scenarios.


@inproceedings{573,
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Autonomous Social Robots and Virtual Humans workshop, 25th Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2012), },
  author = {Zawieska, K. and Moussa, M. Ben and Duffy, B. R. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N.},
  title = {The role of imagination in Human-Robot Interaction},
  publisher = {Springer},
  month = may,
  year = {2012},
  topic = {Social Robotics}
}