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Knock on Wood: Does Material Choice Change the Social Perception of Robots?
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, perception and learning, RPL.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ta i trä : Påverkar val av material den sociala uppfattnignen av robotar? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to understand whether there is a difference in how socially interactive robots are perceived based on the material they are constructed out of. Two studies to that end were performed; a pilot in a live setting and a main one online. Participants were asked to rate three versions of the same robot design, one built out of wood, one out of plastic, and one covered in fur. This was then used in two studies to ascertain the participants perception of competence, warmth, and discomfort and the differences between the three materials. Statistically significant differences were found between the materials regarding the perception of warmth and discomfort

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats undersöker huruvida det finns en skillnad i hur socialt interaktiva robotar uppfattas baserat på vilket material de är tillverkade i. Två studier gjordes för att ta reda på detta: En pilotstudie som skedde fysiskt, och huvudstudien skedde online. Deltagarna ombads att skatta tre versioner av samma robotdesign, där en var byggd i trä, en i plast och en täckt i päls. Dessa användes sedan i två studier för att bedöma deltagarnas uppfattning av robotarnas kompetens, värme och obehag, samt skillnaderna i dessa mellan de tre materialen. Statistiskt signifikanta skillnader hittades i uppfattningen av värme och obehag.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
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TRITA-EECS-EX ; 2018:645
Keywords [en]
robotics, interaction design, human-robot interaction, material choice, perception, social interaction
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Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-232365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-232365DiVA, id: diva2:1234058
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Master of Science in Engineering - Media Technology
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Available from: 2018-11-16 Created: 2018-07-21 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved

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