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Measuring the Quality of Interaction in Mobile Robotic Telepresence: A Pilot's Perspective
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Social Robotics, ISSN 1875-4791, Vol. 5, no 1, 89-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a method for measuring the quality of interaction in social mobile robotic telepresence. The methodology is in part based on Adam Kendon's theory of F-formations. The theory is based on observations of how bodies naturally orient themselves during interaction between people in real life settings. In addition, two presence questionnaires (Temple Presence Inventory and Networked Minds Social Presence Inventory), designed to measure the users' perceptions of others and the environment when experienced through a communication medium are used. The perceived presence and ease of use are correlated to the spatial formations between the robot and an actor. The proposed methodology is validated experimentally on a dataset consisting of interactions between an elder (actor) and 21 different users being trained in piloting a mobile robotic telepresence unit. The evaluation has shown that these tools are suitable for evaluating mobile robotic telepresence and also that correlations between the tools used exist. Further, these results give important guidelines on how to improve the interface in order to increase the quality of interaction.

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2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 89-101 p.
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F-formations, Methodology, Mobile robotic telepresence, Presence, Quality of interaction, Telepresence
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118188DOI: 10.1007/s12369-012-0166-7ISI: 000333758400007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84872555676OAI: diva2:605228

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Available from: 2013-02-13 Created: 2013-02-13 Last updated: 2014-05-05Bibliographically approved

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