Robots as Assistive Technology - Does Appearance Matter?

This paper studies the effect of a robot’s design (appearance) in facilitating and encouraging interaction of children with autism with a small humanoid robot. The paper compares the children’s level of interaction with and response to the robot in two different scenarios: one where the robot was dressed like a human (with a ‘pretty- girl’ appearance) with an uncovered face, and the other when it appeared with plain clothing and with a featureless, masked face. The results of these trials clearly indicate the children’s preference in their initial response for interaction with a plain, featureless robot over interaction with a human like robot.


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Proc. IEEE Ro-man 2004, 13th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 13, 277-282
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RO-MAN'2004, Kurashiki , Okayama Japan., September 20-22, 2004
Year:
2004
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This paper won the best paper award at the 14th IEEE RO- MAN 2005 international workshop.
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