Survivor buddy and SciGirls: Affect, outreach, and questions

Robin Murphy, Vasant Srinivasan, Negar Rashidi, Brittany Duncan, Aaron Rice, Zachary Henkel, Marco Garza, Clifford Nass, Victoria Groom, Takis Zourntos, Roozbeh Daneshvar, Sharath Prasad

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Abstract

This paper describes the Survivor Buddy human-robot interaction project and how it was used by four middle-school girls to illustrate the scientific process for an episode of "SciGirls", a Public Broadcast System science reality show. Survivor Buddy is a four degree of freedom robot head, with the face being a MIMO 740 multi-media touch screen monitor. It is being used to explore consistency and trust in the use of robots as social mediums, where robots serve as intermediaries between dependents (e.g., trapped survivors) and the outside world (doctors, rescuers, family members). While the SciGirl experimentation was neither statistically significant nor rigorously controlled, the experience makes three contributions. It introduces the Survivor Buddy project and social medium role, it illustrates that human-robot interaction is an appealing way to make robotics more accessible to the general public, and raises interesting questions about the existence of a minimum set of degrees of freedom for sufficient expressiveness, the relative importance of voice versus non-verbal affect, and the range and intensity of robot motions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010
Pages127-128
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2010
Event5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Mar 2 2010Mar 5 2010

Publication series

Name5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010

Other

Other5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period3/2/103/5/10

Keywords

  • Assistive robots
  • Gaze and gestures
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Interaction styles
  • Robots
  • User interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Murphy, R., Srinivasan, V., Rashidi, N., Duncan, B., Rice, A., Henkel, Z., Garza, M., Nass, C., Groom, V., Zourntos, T., Daneshvar, R., & Prasad, S. (2010). Survivor buddy and SciGirls: Affect, outreach, and questions. In 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010 (pp. 127-128). (5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010). https://doi.org/10.1145/1734454.1734505