Are specialist robots better than generalist robots?

Young June Sah, Bomee Yoo, S. Shyam Sundar

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Abstract

When a robot is said to be a specialist in a particular domain, does it alter the nature and quality of human-robot interaction? This study examines the effects of specialization in robot functions, along with individual difference in immersive tendencies, on users' trust, perception, activity, and memory. In a controlled experiment, 38 participants were taught a physical exercise lesson from either a specialist or generalist humanoid robot for 6 min. Results showed that specialization had effects on the participants' affective trust; and immersive tendency predicted active participation in the interaction and led to better memory. The latter also moderated the effect of the former-users with higher immersive tendency are more likely to make human attributions of specialization, and rate a specialist robot as more intelligent than a generalist robot. These results have theoretical implications for media-equation as well as design implications for humanrobot interaction professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Pages241-242
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Event6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2011 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: Mar 6 2011Mar 9 2011

Publication series

NameHRI 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

Other

Other6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2011
CountrySwitzerland
CityLausanne
Period3/6/113/9/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    June Sah, Y., Yoo, B., & Sundar, S. S. (2011). Are specialist robots better than generalist robots? In HRI 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 241-242). (HRI 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1145/1957656.1957751