Anthropomorphism and Human Likeness in the Design of Robots and Human-Robot Interaction

In this literature review we explain anthropomorphism and its role in the design of socially interactive robots and human-robot interaction. We illus-trate the social phenomenon of anthropomorphism which describes people’s tendency to attribute lifelike qualities to objects and other non lifelike artifacts. We present theoretical backgrounds from social sciences, and integrate related work from robotics research, including results from experiments with social ro-bots. We present different approaches for anthropomorphic and humanlike form in a robot’s design related to its physical shape, its behavior, and its interaction with humans. This review provides a comprehensive understanding of anthro-pomorphism in robotics, collects and reports relevant references, and gives an outlook on anthropomorphic human-robot interaction.


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Ge, Shuzi Sam
Khatib, Oussama
Cabibihan, John-John
Simmons, Reid
Williams, Mary-Anne
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Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2012, 199-208
Presented at:
4th International Conference on Social Robotics, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, October 29-31, 2012
Year:
2012
Publisher:
Springer
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