Making sense of robots together: Examining group interactions with Pepper

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Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is traditionally addressed as interaction of one human user with a single robot. In this workshop contribution we reflect upon HRI in group interactions. Our approach follows ethnomethodological conversation analysis, and we present excerpts from a videorecorded study of group interaction with Pepper. We draw attention to how the observations and interpretations of robots’ behaviors are situationally and socially given a meaning by the human participants acting together, and that this inevitably has implications for both design and theory of HRI. We conclude that a robot is configured as social through human interactions, as robots can provide interpretable and observable materials that people ordinarily use in social interactions with each other.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeNot Eligible
EventRe-Configuring Human-Robot Interaction: Workshop at ACM/IEEE HRI2022 Conference -
Duration: 11 Mar 2022 → …


WorkshopRe-Configuring Human-Robot Interaction
Period11/03/22 → …
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  • socially interactive robots
  • group interaction
  • HRI scene
  • ethnomethodology


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