Best paper award at HRI 2017

Who would have thought

Our paper entitled ‘Why do they refuse to use my robot?: Reasons for non-use derived from a long-term home study‘ has received the best paper award at HRI 2017, Vienna, in the track HRI User Studies.

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Research on why people refuse or abandon the use of technology in general, and robots specifically, is still scarce. Consequently, the academic understanding of people’s underlying reasons for non-use remains weak. Thus, vital information about the design of these robots including their acceptance and refusal or abandonment by its users is needed. We placed 70 autonomous robots within people’s homes for a period of six months and collected reasons for refusal and abandonment through questionnaires and interviews. Based on our findings, the challenge for robot designers is to create robots that are enjoyable and easy to use to capture users in the short-term, and functionally-relevant to keep those users in the longer-term. Understanding the thoughts and motives behind non-use may help to identify obstacles for acceptance, and therefore enable developers to better adapt technological designs to the benefit of the users.

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Other interesting talks at HRI 2017

Obviously, mine was not the only interesting presentation at the conference. Here is a list of my favorites. All papers of the full program can be found on the conference website.

‘Threatening flocks and mindful snowflakes: How group entitativity affects perceptions of robots’ presented by Marlena Fraune.

‘Steps towards participatory design of social robots: Mutual learning with older adults with depression’ presented by Hee Rin Lee.

‘Affective grounding in human-robot interaction’ presented by Malte Jung.

‘Staking the ethical limits of HRI’ presented by Thomas Arnold.