Long-term Study on Human-Robot Interaction
In 2011, we carried out a 6-month ethnographic study with nine households to which we gave a domestic service robot (a Roomba vacuum cleaning robot). We studied people’s perception of the robot, and how usage changed over time. We also investigated (social) dynamics between the robot, members of the household, other cleaning tools, and the environment. Finally, we identified several factors that impact the acceptance and process of adoption of robots in homes.
The study contributes to a general understanding of (long-term) HRI in homes and can serve as a basis to make suggestions for the design of domestic robots.
Our acknowledgments go to all the families and households that particpated in the study and to iRobot Switzerland for the discount of the Roombas.
Publications and Presentations:
- F. Vaussard, J. Fink, V. Bauwens, P. Rétornaz, D. Hamel, P. Dillenbourg and F. Mondada. Lessons Learned from Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Entering in the Home Ecosystem. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2013. (accepted for publication)
- J. Fink, V. Bauwens, F. Kaplan and P. Dillenbourg. Living With a Vacuum-Cleaning Robot. A 6-month Ethnographic Study. International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 5, num. 3, 2013, pp. 389-408, Springer
- Will Your Household Adopt Your New Robot?. Interactions, vol. 19, num. 2, March + April 2012, pp. 60-64.
- J. Fink, V. Bauwens. A Robot at Home? People’s Perception of a Domestic Service Robot. Invited Talk at international workshop “Bridging the Robotics Gap – Bringing Together Ethicists and Engineers”, Enschede, The Netherlands, July 11-12, 2011.
HRI in the home: A Longitudinal Ethnographic Study with Roomba. Poster at the 1st Symposium of the NCCR robotics, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, June 16, 2011.
People’s Perception of Domestic Service Robots: Same Household, Same Opinion?. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 24-25, 2011, LNCS 7072, Springer, pp. 204-213.