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iRoPro: An interactive Robot Programming Framework

The great diversity of end-user tasks ranging from manufacturing environments to personal homes makes pre-programming robots for general purpose applications extremely challenging. In fact, teaching robots new actions from scratch that can be …

Ying Siu Liang, Damien Pellier, Humbert Fiorino, Sylvie Pesty


Can Robots Help Working Parents with Childcare? Optimizing Childcare Functions for Different Parenting Characteristics

Is it true that parents always prioritize educational effectiveness when selecting childcare services? The current study identified the potential requirements of dual-income parents toward social robots’ diverse childcare functions (e.g. …

Jieon Lee, Daeho Lee, Jae-gil Lee


People Do not Automatically Take the Level-1 Visual Perspective of Humanoid Robot Avatars

Taking the perspective of others is critical for both human–human and human–robot interactions. Previous studies using the dot perspective task have revealed that people could automatically process what other people can see. In this study …

Chengli Xiao, Ya Fan, Jingyu Zhang, Renlai Zhou


Top of the Class: Mining Product Characteristics Associated with Crowdfunding Success and Failure of Home Robots

Recent high-profile failures of domestic robotic products suggest more research is needed on factors that impact consumers’ willingness to purchase robots, and the success rates of the consumer robotics industry compared with other innovative …

Natasha Randall, Selma Šabanović, Staša Milojević, Apurva Gupta

26-03-2021 Open Access

It’s a Match: Task Assignment in Human–Robot Collaboration Depends on Mind Perception

Robots are becoming more available for workplace collaboration, but many questions remain. Are people actually willing to assign collaborative tasks to robots? And if so, exactly which tasks will they assign to what kinds of robots? Here we …

Eva Wiese, Patrick P. Weis, Yochanan Bigman, Kyra Kapsaskis, Kurt Gray


The Doors of Social Robot Perception: The Influence of Implicit Self-theories

Understanding people’s perceptions and inferences about social robots and, thus, their responses toward them, constitutes one of the most pervasive research themes in the field of Human–Robot interaction today. We herein augment and extend this …

D. D. Allan, Andrew J. Vonasch, Christoph Bartneck

25-03-2021 | Correction

Correction to: Moral Uncanny Valley: A Robot’s Appearance Moderates How its Decisions are Judged

A correction to this paper has been published: …

Michael Laakasuo, Jussi Palomäki, Nils Köbis


Investigating Trust in Interaction with Inconsistent Embodied Virtual Agents

Embodied Virtual Agents (EVAs) are used today as interfaces for social robots, educational tutors, game counterparts, medical assistants, as well as companions for the elderly and individuals with psychological or behavioral conditions. Forming a …

Reza Moradinezhad, Erin T. Solovey

22-03-2021 Open Access

Three Responses to Anthropomorphism in Social Robotics: Towards a Critical, Relational, and Hermeneutic Approach

Both designers and users of social robots tend to anthropomorphize robots. Focusing on the question how to conceptualize the relation between robots and humans, this paper first outlines two opposite philosophical views regarding this relation …

Mark Coeckelbergh


Should I be Introvert or Extrovert? A Pairwise Robot Comparison Assessing the Perception of Personality-Based Social Robot Behaviors

With this study we wanted to extend the research on personality traits and the similarity- and complementarity-attraction effects in HRI, and explore which demographic variables might affect them. For that purpose, we conducted a study with 46 …

Pablo G. Esteban, Elahe Bagheri, Shirley A. Elprama, Charlotte I. C. Jewell, Hoang-Long Cao, Albert De Beir, An Jacobs, Bram Vanderborght


Is a Soft Robot More “Natural”? Exploring the Perception of Soft Robotics in Human–Robot Interaction

Soft robotics technology has been proposed for a number of applications that involve human–robot interaction. It is commonly presumed that soft robots are perceived as more natural, and thus more appealing, than rigid robots, an assumption that …

Jonas Jørgensen, Kirsten Borup Bojesen, Elizabeth Jochum


Computer-Aided Teaching Using SimMechanics and Matlab for Project-Based Learning in a Robotics Course

The present article reports a computer-aided teaching strategy, which is novel, using a MATLAB toolbox (i.e. SimMechanics) for project-based learning in a mechanical engineering robotics course (i.e. robot analysis). The effectiveness of the …

Shahid Hussain, Prashant K. Jamwal, Muhammad T. Munir

18-03-2021 Open Access

What if Social Robots Look for Productive Engagement?

Automated Assessment of Goal-Centric Engagement in Learning Applications

In educational HRI, it is generally believed that a robots behavior has a direct effect on the engagement of a user with the robot, the task at hand and also their partner in case of a collaborative activity. Increasing this engagement is then …

Jauwairia Nasir, Barbara Bruno, Mohamed Chetouani, Pierre Dillenbourg

18-03-2021 Open Access

DSD - Dynamic Stack Decider

A Lightweight Decision Making Framework for Robots and Software Agents

We present the Dynamic Stack Decider (DSD), a lightweight open-source control architecture. It combines different well-known approaches and is inspired by behavior trees as well as hierarchical state machines. The DSD allows to design and …

Martin Poppinga, Marc Bestmann

16-03-2021 Open Access

Human-Robot Handshaking: A Review

For some years now, the use of social, anthropomorphic robots in various situations has been on the rise. These are robots developed to interact with humans and are equipped with corresponding extremities. They already support human users in …

Vignesh Prasad, Ruth Stock-Homburg, Jan Peters


Production of Character Animation in a Home Robot: A Case Study of LOVOT

This is a case study focused on the development of LOVOT, a consumer home robot that went on sale in 2019. Since its unveiling in 2018, approximately 20,000 people have visited the LOVOT demonstration event as of the end of July 2019. In practical …

Naoto Yoshida, Shuto Yonemura, Masahiro Emoto, Kanji Kawai, Naoki Numaguchi, Hiroki Nakazato, Shunsuke Otsubo, Megumi Takada, Kaname Hayashi


Body Language for Personal Robot Arm Assistant

This article presents an exploratory study aimed at: (i) understanding participants’ first impression of the Cyton Gamma 1500, a small machine-like robot arm, and (ii) designing robot body language to convey certain intentions with regard to a …

Sridatta Chatterjee, Yisrael Parmet, Tal Oron-Gilad


Exploring the Non-significant Difference on Students’ Cognitive Load Imposed by Robotics Tasks in Pair Learning

Currently, the cognitive load imposed by tasks with different complexity during collaborative learning or pair learning has not been well studied. This study examined the effect of three types of tasks with different complexity on students’ …

Baichang Zhong, Jiayu Wang


Factors Predicting Patients’ Willingness to Use Robotic Dental Services

Prior research into automated dental procedures has largely focused on design and engineering issues; however, there is very little research that investigates the public’s perceptions of, or their willingness to undergo, robotic dentistry.

Mattie Milner, Rian Mehta, Scott R. Winter, Stephen Rice, Emily Anania, Nadine Ragbir, Cynthia Smith


Adaptive Control of Robot Series Elastic Drive Joint Based on Optimized Radial Basis Function Neural Network

For the social robot with serial elastic actuator, the joint dynamics model has the problems of strong coupling and high nonlinear, and the traditional PD control algorithm cannot achieve accurate trajectory tracking effect on the joint position …

Nianfeng Shao, Qinyuan Zhou, Chenyang Shao, Yan Zhao