"How are you today, panda the robot?"- Affectiveness, playfulness and relatedness in human-robot collaboration in the factory context

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Abstract

The integration of collaborative robots (cobots) is changing manufacturing and production processes in factories. When cobots are designed to be efficient, skillful and safe to interact with, workers can collaborate with them conveniently. As workers often work with cobots intensively, it is crucial to explore the user experience (UX) of cobots. The goal of our research is to explore how factory cobots could be used in ways that support pleasurable worker experiences. We adapted "research through design"(RtD) to conduct exploratory research on novel interactions related to affectiveness, playfulness and relatedness in human-robot collaboration (HRC) using collaborative robot arm, Panda. RtD is a method that utilizes methods and practices of design to produce new knowledge. We conducted an exploratory study with 33 participants to evaluate three HRC storyboards scenarios in two complementary remote workshops. The findings report suitability of affective and playful behavior of cobots in an industrial setting. In addition, we deduced that personality of the robot plays a crutial role in HRC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
PublisherIEEE
Pages1089-1096
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665404921
ISBN (Print)9781665446372
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication - Virtual, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 Aug 202112 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE RO-MAN
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)1944-9445
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9437

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Vancouver
Period8/08/2112/08/21

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence

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